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George Washington Birthplace National Monument

George Washington Birthplace National Memorial is a 550 acre national park located in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The National Park Service protects and maintains Popes Creek Plantation. Situated on the southern shore of the Potomac River 38 miles east of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Pope's Creek is approximately 80 miles downstream from Mount Vernon, which is near Alexandria, Virginia. It is accessible via Virginia Route 3 and Route 204.

Legend holds that, at the age of 26, George Washington’s great-grandfather John Washington washed up on the shores of the Northern Neck after a merchant ship he was on foundered in the Potomac River in 1657. He was taken in by wealthy planter Nathanial Pope. The two became fast friends
and John soon married Pope’s daughter Anne.

George Washington Birthplace National Memorial helps us to better understand the story of George Washington and our country’s early Colonial history. The National Park service offers visitors the opportunity to be immersed in a living Colonial plantation complete with costumed interpreters recreating the sights, sounds, and reason for Washington's love of farming.

During the year there are frequent demonstrations of spinning and weaving, plantation crafts such as wood working, blacksmithing and leatherworking, and the traditional farm activities of plowing, hoeing, planting, harvesting, and ox-driving.

Address:

George Washington Birthplace National Monument
1732 Popes Creek Road
Washington's Birthplace, VA 22443

Telephone:

(804) 224-1732

Hours of Operation:
Daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; except Christmas and New Year's Days.

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