Friday, August 11, 2023

George Washington


George Washington 1st President of the United States (1789-1797)

    Washington sites that I have visited:

 George Washington Birthplace National Monument Colonial Beach, VA

Washington Boyhood Home Ferry Farm  Fredericksburg, VA

Mary Washington's (his mother) home Fredericksburg, VA

Military Sites:
 Site of first battle at Ft. Nessecity Farmington, PA

  French and Indian War base Ft. Legionar

  Washington Crossing near Trenton, NJ

   Battle of Princeton Monument Princeton, NJ

   Washington's Headquarters at Valley Forge King of Prussia, PA
 Other sites:

 Congress Hall, 2nd Inaguration site Philadelphia, PA

   Presidents House site Philadelphia, PA
Heyward- Washington House Charleston, SC

  Deshler Morris House First Presidential retreat Germantown, PA
 Home and gravesite at Mt. Vernon, VA

In 1896, this 50 foot tall granite Obelisk was erected on what was believed to be the site of the Washingtons home in which Washington was born. In the early 1930's it was moved here, to the entrance to the park, to make room for a reconstruction of the birthplace home at the believed birth site. 

      In the National Parks visitor center

   A reconstruction of what they thought the house may of looked like on the site that they thought the birthplace sat. Built in the early 1930s

 In 1936 another foundation was discovered which changed everything they thought they knew about the exact spot of Washingtons birth. Eventually in the 1960s they officially recognized this foundation as the actual birth site of George Washington. The foundation is now marked with seashells showing you the exact layout of the birth home. 

George Washington was born somewhere over here

          My kids join me for a photo

     George Washingtons Great Grandpa John Washington had a farm here, near the family cemetery at Washington Birthplace National Memorial. Maybe a mile or so from the birth site.

Gravesites of Washingtons paternal ancestors. His Father Augustine, Grandfather Lawrence, and Great Grandfather John are all buried here. 

Entrance to Washington's boyhood home Ferry Farm

Of course it was closed, so I just got a picture with the historical marker and then I was on my way.


     George Washington's mother Mary lived here in Fredericksburg, VA. She lived to see her son become the 1st President

The following pictures are from Fort Nessesity national park in Farmington Pennsylvania, some from my stop in 2010, most from my most recent stop in summer 2023.
At Jumonville Glen. Young British officer George Washington was in his 20s when he and his men came across a French diplomatic party here. The skirmish that happened here sparked what we know as the French and Indian War. This war was part of a much larger conflict called the Seven year war that Winston Churchhill referred to as the real first world war that occurred in the mid-1700s.

A reconstruction of Washington's fort at Ft. Nessesity

Ft. Nessesity 2023

The trenches at that Washington's men dug at still here.

The path in which Braddock and Washington's men cut through the thick Western PA wilderness can still be seen.

One of the most fascinating George Washington stories is one of the lesser known. Washington was a 20 something young British officer when we helped spark the French and Indian War. Washington had allied with a local Indian Chief named Half King. When Washington and Half King came across a French diplomatic party Half King treated them as hostels and attacked, killing some important people. Washington knew that the French and Indians would retaliate. So having been trained in the European, stand in lines and shoot each other way of fighting, he chose an open field to build his fort. When Half King saw the fort he abandoned Washington, saying the fort was indefencable. When the French and Indians finally attacked, they staid in the trees and sniped Washingtons men, killed 32 before Washington finally surrendered.

Fort Legioneer was a major British base during the French and Indian War. Washington passed through here often.

Me near the site were Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776 to defeat the Hessian Mercanaries in Trenton.

Me  at the gigantic Battle of Princeton Monument in Princeton, NJ

The giant arch at Valley Forge

My kids and I at Washington's Valley Forge Headquarters

Washington's headquarters from the backyard

Inside Washingtons headquarters at Valley Forge

Martha visited George here during the difficult winter at Valley Forge

My 5X Great Grandfather John Waggoner was one of Washingtons body guards.

This is the area in which my ancestor John Waggoner would of staid. With my nephew Chris.

My nephew Chris and I at Congress Hall. The site of George Washington's 2nd Inaguaration in 1793. Philadelphia, PA

  Inside Congress Hall where Washington took the oath of office for the 2nd time in 1793

    John Adams was also sworn into office here in 1797

Site of the Presidents House in Philadelphia. Part of the house has been reconstructed to give you an idea of what it looked like. Both George Washington and John Adams lived here.

Me where the enterance to the Presidents house would of been.

My Mom and nephew check out an informative video

More information at the Presidents house site.

  Heyward Washington House Charleston, SC President Washington stayed here during his week long visit in 1791. The house belonged to Thomas Heyward Jr. a Signer of the Declaration of Independence 

I visited the Heyward Washington House in June 2014

Me at the Deshler Morris House in Germantown, PA, near Philadelphia. This was the first Presidential retreat, as George Washington came here to avoid Yellow Fever.

My family and the Washingtons at the Mt. Vernon visitors center June 2010

    Back again on July 4, 2016.

Front of Mt. Vernon
   To my recollection I have visited Mt. Vernon 5 times. Family vacation 1998, Senior Class Trip 2000, My Honeymoon 2004, Family vacations 2010 and 2016

Back side of Mt. Vernon. Washington's plantation on the Potomic River in Northern Virginia


View of the Potomic River from Mt. Vernon

   Memorial to the slaves buried at Mt. Vernon from 1929

    An updated marker from 1983

    Site of the slave graveyard

    In the last few years a very impressive museum has opened at Mount Vernon. It has a feel of a modern-day presidential library. There are a few movies that you can watch. One of the movies talks about the revolution. When they get to where Washington crosses the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776 to attack Hessian mercenaries, it actually seems to start snowing in the theater, The snow was really some sort of soapsuds, but very cool nonetheless. 

    What a 19-year-old George Washington would of looked like. 

    Martha Washington's dress and shoes

    A display on Washington's first battle. Fort Nessesity 

    What a 45-year-old George Washington would've look like during the revolution

    Pistol and telescope owned by George Washington

    Washington at age 57 being sworn in as President

    George Washingtons false teeth

     A bizarre yet kind of awesome artifact

   Replica of George Washington's casket

     Washington's Tomb

    During the Civil War Mt. Vernon was neutral ground and soilders from both sides passed through. Many etched their names into the outside of Washington's tomb. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlein of Gettysburg fame etched his name into this brick

Me at Washington's Tomb, on the grounds of his Mt. Vernon plantation. June 2010

My wife and kids with me on this one July 4, 2016
In May 2023 I got to visit Mt. Vernon again with my daughter Khloe on her 8th grade class trip to DC

George Washington is pivotal to the life that we all enjoy as Americans. As Commander in Chief of the American Army during the Revolution, he led us through a war that in all practicality, we should of lost. No one knew exactly what the President would do. Washington probably could of been King George I of America. But he set precedents that his successors would follow. By stepping down after 2 terms, Washington set a precedent that would not be broken until FDR won a 3rd term in 1940.

     He sadly lived out one of the shortest retirements of any President. He died December 14, 1799 at his Mt. Vernon home.