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Near Oak Grove in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

George Washington’s Birthplace

 
 
George Washington’s Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
1. George Washington’s Birthplace Marker
Inscription. On the ground before you once stood the plantation home of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. Here, on February 22, 1732, George Washington—farmer, general of the Continental Army, and first president of the United States—was born.

George Washington lived here only three years, but returned often during his youth and came to know Popes Creek Plantation well. The house remained in the Washington family until 1779, when it burned in a Christmas Day fire. Its exact location remained hidden under deepening soil and thickening underbrush for the next 150 years.

The white oyster shell fragments on the ground in front of you mark the foundations of the birth house.
 
Erected by George Washington Birthplace National Monument.
 
Location. 38° 11.117′ N, 76° 55′ W. Marker is near Oak Grove, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Popes Creek Drive (Virginia Route 204) north of Kings Highway (Virginia Route 3). Touch for map. It is at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. A fee per person is charged to enter the grounds to view this marker. Marker is in this post office area: Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
George Washington’s Birth House Footprint image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
2. George Washington’s Birth House Footprint
are within walking distance of this marker. Archeology at Popes Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memorial Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Dairy (within shouting distance of this marker); Popes Creek Plantation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Artery of Commerce (about 600 feet away); The Historic Area (about 800 feet away); Explore a trail network (approx. 0.2 miles away); War in the Chesapeake (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. From Tobacco Plantation to National Shrine. “According to family tradition, ‘...Col. W. Aug W. ...was living at the birthplace in 1779 that on Christmas Day he had a company of neighbors and he with others returning from a ride at midday was first to discover the roof in a blaze, that the contents of the house were for the most part saved, a severe frost prevailing at the time enabled him to haul the furniture with oxen across Popes Creek on the ice to be sheltered in a house...and that the supposition as to the origin of the fire was that a spark from the chimney had blown through the garret window to a pile of cotton in the seed stored in the garret.’ ” (Submitted on October 4, 2009.) 

2. George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Website of the National Park Service. (Submitted on August 8, 2010.) 
 
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George Washington’s Birthplace Memorial House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
3. George Washington’s Birthplace Memorial House
This house, an imagining of what the house of a prosperous plantation gentleman of the period would look like, was completed in 1932. In 1936 the foundation of the actual house were found and excavated. It was smaller and much different in shape. The actual house was just a few feet from this one. You can see this house in Photo 2 in the left distance. This view of the house faces the water.
Memorial House Central Hall image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
4. Memorial House Central Hall
View is from the land-side door towards the water-side door. To the left are the dining room and the sitting room. On the right are two bedrooms. Distant door on the right leads to the stairway up.
Memorial House Dining Room image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
5. Memorial House Dining Room
All furniture and furnishings in the house are reproductions created in the style of the era. This is why visitors can flash away with their cameras without restriction.
Memorial House Sitting Room image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
6. Memorial House Sitting Room
One of the Downstairs Bedrooms image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
7. One of the Downstairs Bedrooms
The other Downstairs Bedroom image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
8. The other Downstairs Bedroom
An Upstairs Bedroom image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
9. An Upstairs Bedroom
Another Upstairs Bedroom and Spinning Room image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
10. Another Upstairs Bedroom and Spinning Room
Spinning Wheel in an Upstairs Bedroom image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
11. Spinning Wheel in an Upstairs Bedroom
Violin in Another Upstairs Bedroom image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
12. Violin in Another Upstairs Bedroom
Bed and Trunk in Violin Bedroom Upstairs image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
13. Bed and Trunk in Violin Bedroom Upstairs
Child's Bedroom Upstairs image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
14. Child's Bedroom Upstairs
View from the Front Lawn image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 5, 2009
15. View from the Front Lawn
The mouth of Popes Creek is in the foreground, then the Potomac River. On the distant horizon is the wooded Maryland shore. The Potomac River is more than four miles wide here.
George Washington’s Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
16. George Washington’s Birthplace Marker
George Washington’s Birthplace Marker withe Replica Colonial House and Kitchen in Background image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
17. George Washington’s Birthplace Marker withe Replica Colonial House and Kitchen in Background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,587 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on October 4, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   16, 17. submitted on August 8, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.
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