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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Historic Area

 
 
The Historic Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
1. The Historic Area Marker
Inscription. At Popes Creek Plantation, George Washington was born into the plantation culture he would know his entire life. Today, no visible vestiges of the plantation remain. Instead, exhibits, buildings, and interpreters on the site give a sense of the lifestyle that would help shape the values of the most famous of all Americans.

The site of the main house - George Washington's birthplace - is clearly marked. Surrounding the birthplace is the memorial area, constructed in the 1930s to commemorate the bicentennial of Washington's birth. The working colonial farm was created in 1968. The sights, sounds, and methodical pace of Washington's times are faithfully reflected here.

Inset: The Memorial House and Farm

Follow this trail to the site of George Washington's birth. The half-mile walk through the Memorial House and colonial farm can take 40 minutes or two hours, depending on your interest. Along the way you may see interpreters performing some of the tasks required to keep an 18th-century plantation operating.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 11.005′ N, 76° 55.074′ W. Marker is in Colonial Beach, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker can be reached from Popes Creek
The Historic Area Marker: inset image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
2. The Historic Area Marker: inset
Road. Touch for map. The marker is at George Washington Birthplace National Monument, one of our National Parks. Marker is located behind the visitor's center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1732 Popes Creek Road, Colonial Beach VA 22443, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explore a trail network (within shouting distance of this marker); War in the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); “O! say can you see…” (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Birthplace Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Free to Fight (within shouting distance of this marker); Popes Creek Plantation (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Washington’s Birthplace (about 800 feet away); Archeology at Popes Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Beach.
 
Also see . . .  George Washington Birthplace National Monument. Website of the National Park Service. (Submitted on August 7, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.) 
 
Additional keywords. Pope, Popes Farm, Augustine Washington
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Persons
 
The Historic Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
3. The Historic Area Marker
Behind the visitor's center. The path is an easy walk along the the Potomac River to the colonial house and farm.
The Visitors Center at George Washington Birthplace National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 2, 2010
4. The Visitors Center at George Washington Birthplace National Monument
The replica colonial house was built as a memorial to George Washington. image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
5. The replica colonial house was built as a memorial to George Washington.
The Farm Buildings and Animal Pens image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
6. The Farm Buildings and Animal Pens
Park Ranger Explaining the Foundation Lines of the George Washington Birthplace House image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
7. Park Ranger Explaining the Foundation Lines of the George Washington Birthplace House
George Washington Birthplace National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Patrick G. Jordan, August 3, 2010
8. George Washington Birthplace National Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 489 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.   4. submitted on August 8, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.   7. submitted on August 8, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina.   8. submitted on August 7, 2010, by Patrick G. Jordan of Burlington, North Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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