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Dickerson in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Washington's Farm

519 Acres Owned 1794-1799 by the First President

 
 
Washington's Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 2, 2008
1. Washington's Farm Marker
Inscription.  Thomas Sprigg, Jr., patented in 1725 as "Woodstock" 1,102 acres here, inherited in 1782 by Sprigg's three granddaughters, Sophia, Rebecca, and Elizabeth. Sophia married John Francis Mercer (later Governor of Maryland, 1801-1803.) in 1794. Nearly half of the property was conveyed to George Washington to settle a debt owed by Mercer's father. Washington owned this land at his death in 1799.
 
Erected by Maryland Bicentennial Commission and Maryland Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the George Washington Slept Here series list.
 
Location. 39° 11.869′ N, 77° 25.714′ W. Marker is in Dickerson, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Darnestown Road (State Highway 28) 3 miles south of Martinsburg Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20501 Darnestown Road, Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brewer Farmstead (approx. 0.7 miles away); Equestrian Heritage
Washington's Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 2, 2008
2. Washington's Farm Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); African American Soldiers from Montgomery County (approx. ¾ mile away); Linden Farm (approx. 1.1 miles away); Seneca Stone Barn (approx. 1.1 miles away); In Loving Memory (approx. 1.4 miles away); Beallsville (approx. 1½ miles away); Historic Site (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickerson.
 
Additional comments.
1. Previous marker
According to the Maryland Historical Trust Historic Sites Survey, a previous version of the marker read:


Woodstock


1102 acres patented 1725 by Thomas Sprigg, Jr. Three of his grandaughters - one of whom, Sophia, married John Francis Mercer, later Governor of Maryland - inherited it and in 1794 conveyed 319 acres to George Washington.
    — Submitted March 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
 
Washington's Farm image. Click for full size.
By M. Dwyer, June 1, 1973
3. Washington's Farm
Woodstock (Washington's Farm) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 2, 2013
4. Woodstock (Washington's Farm)
White Acres Farm, 20701 Darnestown Road. The aluminum siding and cedar shingles have been removed showing the long tall log structure that is said to date from 1808.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,915 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on June 22, 2020, by Mary-margaret Boblitt of Dickerson, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on March 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   4. submitted on June 3, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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