Mount Vernon near Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
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In The Forest
A Cobblestone Quarry
Archaeologists and geologists agree that during George Washington's day, this area was a likely source of stone for the Mount Vernon estate. Cobbles (a naturally rounded rock fragment) were collected and used to construct the floors of the dung repository, roadways, and walks at Mount Vernon. Cobbles were also dug up from the river bank.
A Forest Medicine Chest
Trees, shrubs, and herbs found in the forest provided medicine for 18th-century households. Many of the treatments were developed by Native Americans and passed down the colonists.
Did You Know?
These are different ways that medicines were prepared in the 18th century. Do any of these techniques seem familiar.
A plant is cooked to a thick paste, spread on a piece of cloth, and applied externally.
After a plant is boiled in water or wine, the resulting liquid is swallowed.
A dried plant is ground to a powder, mixed with syrup, and formed into little beads that are swallowed.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Natural Resources • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
Location. 38° 42.438′ N, 77° 5.467′ W. Marker is near Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. It is in Mount Vernon. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235) and George Washington Memorial Parkway, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington's Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington's Trees (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunrise to Sunset (within shouting distance of this marker); Slave Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomb of Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Domestic Animals (within shouting distance of this marker); Creatures in the Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 27, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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