Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
George Washington: Soldier and Virginia Planter
George Washington: Soldier
George Washington gained his first military experience during the French and Indian Wars where his bravery and leadership made him a hero. When discord between the American colonies and the British Crown broke out in 1775, George Washington was picked to lead the Continental Army. He commanded 11,000 ill-trained and poorly-equipped men for eight years, and at times, it seemed only his will held the army together. Combining forces with French allies, Washington defeated the British army at Yorktown, Virginia, on October 19, 1781, ending British dominance in the former colonies.
George Washington: Virginia Planter
George Washington, a careful farmer and at times an inventive one, inherited Mount Vernon from his brother's family. He actively farmed the estate in the interludes between his public service. Mount Vernon was Washington's favorite home, and he sustained his family from its products - tobacco, wool, dried fish, wheat and other grains - despite poor soils and a heavy debt on the property. Washington was a slave owner; though he profited from the system, he was never entirely comfortable with it. Upon his death in 1799, his will directed that his slaves be freed.
Erected by National Park Service
Location. 38° 18.99′ 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: Surveyor and Family Man (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. Drawings and paintings on the marker's sides illustrate scenes from Washington's military career and his life as a planter.
Also see . . . Historic Kenmore. Web site of the George Washington Fredericksburg Foundation. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Agriculture • War, French and Indian • War, US Revolutionary •
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 1,225 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.