A Student of History

July 2, 2008

Boyhood home of Washington found

Filed under: Early America — John Maass @ 1:53 pm

From the Washington Post:

On a swath of land overlooking the Rappahannock River 50 miles south of the District, archaeologists have unearthed a site that provides what they call the most detailed view into George Washington’s formative years: his childhood home.

The announcement of the find today comes after seven years of digging and several disappointments.

The nation’s Revolutionary War hero and “father of the country” spent his formative years at Ferry Farm, his family’s property on the Rappahannock River in southern Stafford. He moved there at age 6, inherited the property five years later when his father died, and continued to live there until he was 20.

The foundation owns the 113-acre site, along with Kenmore, a 1770s mansion in Fredericksburg built by planter Fielding Lewis for his wife, Betty, George Washington’s sister; and Accokeek Furnace, an iron-smelting operation in Stafford operated by George’s father Augustine.

See a related article in Slate about this event.

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