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Washington, George Boyhood Home Site

Fredericksburg, Virginia
County of Stafford.
237 King's Highway
National Register Number: 00000259
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: VA-1 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: archeological site open to public.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 16, 2000):
Known locally as Ferry Farm, this site has a significant association with George Washington, a figure of transcendent importance in the history of the United States. The archaeological remains at this Washington's boyhood home provide a unique opportunity to understand his early life, which is poorly documented by written sources. In addition, Americans created some of their most important myths and traditions associated with Washington at this site, such as the story of Washington chopping down the cherry tree.

George Washington’s Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.’s acquisition of lands surrounding the site has helped protect it by resisting encroaching development. The National Park Service (NPS), which owns a conservation easement on the site, just completed a Special Resource Study for the property and recommended that no further action be taken by NPS.

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