George Washington's Birthplace: Pope's Creek, Virginia
Peter Beers
12/28/2005
PedroGringo@yahoo.com

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Located on Virginia's Northern Neck, George Washington's Birthplace is a National Park that is interesting to visit for many reasons.

As you go through the photos, you'll see two main houses and one foundation. Neither of the standing houses are George Washington's birthplace. The large manor house was built in the 1930s to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth. There was a lot of excitement about this event in the years leading up to the anniversary. Private citezens had purchased this land, and decided to rebuild Washington's childhood home. They found a small foundation (that eventually turned out to to be an out-building. The home that they built was indicative of the architecture and wealth of someone in the 1760s. In the 1730s, the house that Washington would have lived in was much more like the kitchen house (The white wooden house).

Some of the photos show the actual foundation of the original house.

That said, the house is a beautiful example of 1760's architecture and lifestyle. It depicts accurately what life in Virginia would be like in the 1760-80s.