Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Slavery at Mount Vernon
“It is my Will and desire that all the Slaves which I hold in my own right shall receive their freedom.”
George Washington in his will, 1799
Of the 316 slaves at Mount Vernon in 1799, most lived and worked on the four outlying farms. About one of every four working slaves was a skilled worker such as a blacksmith, carpenter or shoemaker. The majority of women, worked in the fields, but some filled the position of spinner, weaver, cook, house servant, and seamstress. The 1799 figure reflects the expansion of the plantation since the time of George and Martha Washington’s wedding in 1759, when there were about 50 slaves at Mount Vernon.
Location. 38° 42.349′ N, 77° 5.329′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235) and George Washington Memorial Parkway, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon VA 22121, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants (within shouting distance of this marker); Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial Powel Coach (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tomb of Washington (about 800 feet away); The Old Vault (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Mount Vernon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Origin of the Purple Heart Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
Also see . . . George Washington's Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (Submitted on April 5, 2016.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. 3. submitted on May 21, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.