George Washington Slept Here
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Laid out and erected as a town by Act of Assembly in 1742 "there being as yet no such place settled at, or near the head of Chesapeake Bay." George Washington records many visits to Charlestown in his diary. He lodged here August 10, 1795 and September 9, 1…
The Washington family moved to a plantation here in 1738 when George Washington was six years old. Along with his three brothers and sister, young Washington spent most of his early life here, where, according to popular fable, he cut down his father's cher…
George Washington stopped in a building two hundred yards west of here known as Peter's Tavern Thursday June 30, 1791.
This post was originally placed here by George Washington under the direction of Lord Fairfax. It was erected in 1750 as a guidepost to direct strangers and travelers on the Old Dutch Wagon Road to Greenway Court, the home of Lord Fairfax.
One mile west was the home of Joseph Early, Revolutionary soldier. Washington, in going west and returning, stopped at Early's overnight. His diary for October 2, 1884, shows that he spent the night before at "Widow Early's."
Three miles west at the mouth of Falling Spring Creek was a post garrisoned by militia under Capt. Robert Breckenridge. Washington inspected it in 1756. It survived an attack by Shawnees under Cornstalk during Pontiac's war in 1763.
Colvin Run Road is a remnant of an 18th-century wagon road from the Shenandoah Valley to Alexandria that probably originated as an Indian path. George Washington passed by here in 1753 and 1754 en route to persuade the French on the Ohio River to withdraw f…
Erected in 1771. The home of Colonel Samuel Washington, County Lieutenant. His brother General George Washington visited here and General Lafayette and Luis Phillipe of France were entertained here. In this house James Madison and Dolly Payne Todd were marr…
In this vicinity stood Peyton's Ordinary. George Washington, going to Fredericksburg to visit his mother, dined here, March 6, 1769. On his way to attend the House of Burgesses, he spent the night here, October 31, 1769, and stayed here again on September 1…
The Old Potomac PathOriginally an Indian Trail and traversed by early settlers, it later became the first coach and post road between Northern and Southern Colonies, and was calledThe King's HighwayGeneral Washington often stopped here to visit Col. Blackbu…