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Near Lancaster in Lancaster County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Birthplace of Washington’s Mother

 
 
Birthplace of Washington’s Mother Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
1. Birthplace of Washington’s Mother Marker
Inscription.  Seven tenths mile west is Epping Forest. The land was patented by Colonel Joseph Ball, who died there in 1711. His daughter, Mary Ball, mother of George Washington, was born there in 1707/8. The house incorporates parts of the original structure.
 
Erected 1950 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number J-80.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWomen. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1711.
 
Location. 37° 47.616′ N, 76° 31.194′ W. Marker is near Lancaster, Virginia, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Mary Ball Road (Virginia Route 3) just east of Morattico Road (County Route 622), on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster VA 22503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Mary’s White Chapel (approx. one mile away); Bewdley (approx. 2.8 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles
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away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away); St. Mary’s Whitechapel (approx. 3.7 miles away); Queenstown (approx. 3.7 miles away); Lancaster County / Richmond County (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Birthplace of Washington’s Mother Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
2. Birthplace of Washington’s Mother Marker
Epping Forest, Circa 1900 image. Click for full size.
3. Epping Forest, Circa 1900
From the 1915 book Historic Virginia Houses and Churches by Robert A. Lancaster, Jr.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,579 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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