Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Memorial Area
In 1923, on the eve of the bicentennial of Washington's birth, interested citizens decided to create a memorial landscape here, including the Memorial House, colonial kitchen, brick walkways, and an extensive cedar grove. When built, the Memorial House and colonial kitchen represented a best guess at the historic appearance of Popes Creek Plantation. We now know that they bear little resemblance to the structures that stood here in 1732.
These early commemorative efforts led to the designation of Washington's birthplace as the first historic site in the National Park System in 1930. With the later addition of workshops and farm buildings, the memorial area has become a working colonial farm. Begin your walk through the farm area inside the colonial kitchen, just in front of you.
Builders of the Memorial House thought its location marked the site of the birth house. Six years later, archeologists confirmed the location of the birth house foundation,
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Colonial Era. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
Location. 38° 11.131′ N, 76° 54.992′ W. Marker is in Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Popes Creek Road. The marker is at George Washington Birthplace National Monument, one of our National Parks. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archeology at Popes Creek (a few steps from this marker); Dairy (a few steps from this marker); Popes Creek Plantation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Artery of Commerce (about 500 feet away); The Historic Area (approx. 0.2 miles away); Explore a trail network (approx. 0.2 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.2 miles away); “O! say can you see…” (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
Additional keywords. George Washington, Augustine Washington, Popes Creek Plantation, Potomac River
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 8, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Graham, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.