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Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Washington's Vehicles

 
 
Washington's Vehicles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 13, 2018
1. Washington's Vehicles Marker
Inscription. George Washington had several horse-drawn vehicles. Slaves, including Joe, a driver, and Jack, a wagoner, took care of the Mount Vernon vehicles. Travel during the 18th century was difficult. Poorly maintained roads meant that even short journeys were hazardous and that vehicles wore out quickly. Coach houses accommodated the variety of vehicles which Washington used for travel, including a small coach similar to the one you see here. Both this example and Washington’s coach were made by well-known Philadelphia carriage makers David and Francis Clark.
 
Location. 38° 42.454′ N, 77° 5.221′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235) and Mount Vernon Memorial Parkway. Touch for map. This marker is on the grounds at Mount Vernon, at the Carriage House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon VA 22121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Powel Coach (a few steps from this marker); Kitchen (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Mount Vernon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slavery at Mount Vernon
Washington's Vehicles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 13, 2018
2. Washington's Vehicles Marker
(about 600 feet away); Slave Memorial (about 700 feet away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaces the “Powel Coach” marker, HMdB #93618, at this location.
 
Categories. African AmericansColonial EraRoads & Vehicles
 
The Powel Coach image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 13, 2018
3. The Powel Coach
The Crest of Samuel Powel<br>Mayor of Philadelphia<br>on the Powel Coach image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 13, 2018
4. The Crest of Samuel Powel
Mayor of Philadelphia
on the Powel Coach
Per fess Argent and Or; a lion rampant Gules
The Powel Coach image. Click for full size.
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5. The Powel Coach
This photo, which appeared in Mary Stevens Beall’s The story of the Washington coachee and of the Powel coach which is now at Mount Vernon in 1908, shows the Powel coach as it was displayed at the 1876 Centennial Exposition. The sign reads “Genl Washington’s Carriage Nearly 100 Years Old.” As Mrs. Beall showed, the Powel coach was never owned by George Washington.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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