Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
This tablet was presented by The National Mary Washington Memorial Association
(Chartered February 22, 1890 - February 22, 1962)
by whose devoted efforts this monument was erected and this site maintained.
Erected by The National Mary Washington Memorial Association.
Location. 38° 18.353′ N, 77° 28.145′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Avenue and Pitt Street. Touch for map. 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. Col. George Eskridge Memorial Tree (here, next to this marker); Religious Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shiloh Baptist Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Hugh Mercer (about 800 feet away); George Rogers Clark Historic Kenmore (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Canal Defines Its Neighborhood (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The grounds of the Mary Washington Monument contain three standing historical resources: the monument itself; the Gordon Family Cemetery; and Meditation Rock, a natural feature associated with Mary Washington's life. The monument consists of a 20-foot tall granite obelisk set atop a 10-foot base. Two sides of the base are engraved with lettering. The front contains raised relief letters reading "Mary The Mother of Washington." The reverse side is engraved with the lines "Erected By Her Country-Women." The simple monument is surrounded by an iron fence and boxwood bushes. Immediately adjacent to the monument, enclosed by a brick wall, stands the Gordon Family cemetery. The cemetery contains approximately ten Gordon family graves marked variously by an obelisk, upright headstones, and by engraved slab tombs. Meditation Rock occupies the edge of the ridge that descends down on the northwest corner of the grounds. The rock formation is marked by the historical marker mentioned on this page.
The Mary Washington Monument was completed in 1893 and dedicated the following year under the sponsorship of the National Mary Washington Memorial Association and the Fredericksburg Mary Washington Memorial Association. William J. Crawford of John Crawford and Son of Buffalo, New York, designed the monument.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,936 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.