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

George Washington: Surveyor and Family Man

 
 
George Washington: Surveyor image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 24, 2008
1. George Washington: Surveyor
Inscription. (Front):
George Washington: Surveyor
George Washington loved mathematics, a passion he put to work when he learned to survey land, a useful trade in colonial America. At the age of 15, his first surveying job was to map his brother's turnip field. Washington accompanied the official survey party to map the frontiers in western Virginia when he was 16 years old. At 18, he was appointed surveyor for Culpeper County, Virginia. George relished the work despite the discomfort of sleeping in the field under "one thread Bear blanket with double its Weight of Vermin...."

(Back):
George Washington: Family Man
Born into a planter family in 1732, George Washington received schooling in the morals, manners, and body of knowledge required for an 18th century Virginia gentleman. He loved outdoor sports - hunting, fishing, riding - and earned a reputation for himself as one of Virginia's best horsemen.

When George was eleven years old, his father died, leaving him to move back and forth between several Washington family estates, first with his mother and then with his favorite older half brother Lawrence. In 1759, George married Martha Custis, wealthy widow with two children, and became one of the richest men in Virginia. Martha proved to be an excellent companion for George for the rest of his life;
George Washington: Family Man image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 24, 2008
2. George Washington: Family Man
he, in return, was a steadfast husband and devoted father to her children.
 
Erected by National Park Service in partnership with the George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation.
 
Location. 38° 18.991′ N, 77° 30.298′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Interstate 95, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in front of the Fredericksburg Rest Stop / Welcome Center on I-95 south bound, just past the Rappahannock River bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington: Soldier and Virginia Planter (here, next to this marker); George Washington: Statesman and Public Servant (here, next to this marker); Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm (here, next to this marker); The Heights at Smith Run (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Vermont Brigade Counterattacks (approx. 0.9 miles away); Falls of the Rappahannock River (approx. 0.9 miles away); Embrey Dam (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Rappahannock River Runs Free Once More (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The markers display
One in a Set of Marker at the Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. One in a Set of Marker at the Welcome Center
several drawings and paintings relevant to Washington's surveying activities and his family life.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Kenmore. Web site of the George Washington Fredericksburg Foundation. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
George Washington as Surveyor image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 24, 2013
4. George Washington as Surveyor
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George Washington as Surveyor image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 24, 2013
5. George Washington as Surveyor
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George Washington: and his Family image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 24, 2013
6. George Washington: and his Family
Painting By Edward Savage, 1790
Close-up of image on marker
Lawrence Washington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 24, 2013
7. Lawrence Washington
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Martha Washington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 24, 2013
8. Martha Washington
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George Washington's Birthplace <br> Wakefield, Virginia image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 24, 2013
9. George Washington's Birthplace
Wakefield, Virginia
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,492 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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