Near Oak Grove in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
George Washington’s Birthplace
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 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).
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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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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 1,611 times since then and 91 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.