Old Town in Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
George Washington's Political Career Began on this Site
Colonial election procedure was quite different from today's secret ballot at a convenient polling place. On Election Day, Sheriff, Justices, candidates and voters gathered at the County Court House here. As each eligible voter's name was called, he stepped forward and vocally proclaimed his choice. Clerks recorded the vote and the candidate bowed in appreciation of the voter's support.
At the July, 1758, election young Col. Washington could not be present because he was commanding Virginia's troops then poised for attack upon Fort Duquesne. His campaign manager, Col. James Wood, stood in his place.
In May 1761 Col. Washington was elected to a second term as Burgess from Frederick County. In 1789 he was elected President of the United States.
Thus, George Washington's political, as well as his military, career began here on Virginia's western frontier
Erected by Frederick County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • War, French and Indian.
Location. 39° 11.066′ N, 78° 9.897′ W. Marker is in Old Town in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Loudoun Street and Rouss Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Loudoun Street. Located at the front of the Frederick County Courthouse. Both Loudoun and Rouss streets are closed to vehicle traffic around the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel James Wood (a few steps from this marker); Lord Fairfax (a few steps from this marker); Frederick County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Taylor Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob H. Yost Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wilbur M. Feltner Building (within shouting distance of this marker); A View of Winchester in 1745 - The Four Public Lots (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Town.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 6,010 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.