George Washington Birthplace National Monument

George Washington Birthplace National Monument

George Washington Birthplace National Monument
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A National Monument is the site where four generations of Washingtons lived.
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,576 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
George Washington was born and spent formative years of his life at this site. His parents and grandparents are buried here, too. But there’s little at the site that is period authentic - the farm buildings are all reconstructions, the actual site of the birthplace is an unmarked patch of dirt. The graves of his ancestors are themselves re-entombments. So what you’ve got is a pretty boring farm that resembles where George Washington used to live, and some empty fields where historically-significant structures used to be. This site helps you understand how George Washington “entered the picture,” but it’s not much of an experience visiting it, especially as the bugs will eat you alive while you’re looking at the reconstructed farm buildings.
Written 18 July 2023
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ramblinggirl67
Atlanta, GA742 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
I'm a fan of George Washington history, as well as getting national passport stamps, so when I realized that this location was one hour from friends I was visiting in Fredericksburg, I immediately made plans to visit. The location seems rather remote but the drive from Fredericksburg was easy. The gift shop was nice, and the introductory video was interesting, though it could probably be updated. It was a beautiful day so it was lovely to explore the grounds, and if I had more time, I would have walked the trails. I didn't get to tour the home, as its only open during specific tour times, but considering it's just an guesstimated replica, I was fine with that. I enjoyed the views and the visitor center more than the historical buildings. All of the rangers I spoke to were friendly.
Written 14 April 2023
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Arthur G
Endicott, NY779 contributions
May 2022
Well maintained site. Colonial style gardens with gardeners willing to share information about the plants. Reconstructed home was not open to public. Some farm animals. View of the River. Highlight was the Archeological excavation which was in progress. Seeing actual parts of George Washington's homestead being uncovered was thrilling.
Written 16 October 2022
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ZeelandScoutMom
Ottawa County, MI865 contributions
Sep 2022
This was our second visit to George Washington's Birthplace. This time we didn't tour the home. This is not the real home Washington was born. More than likely he was born in a more humble dwelling. Excavating was being done where the original house was located. Very nice grounds with scenic views. The Rangers are very knowledgable and helpful.
Written 2 October 2022
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Patricia F
Richmond, VA72 contributions
Aug 2022
You should know up front this is not the house he was born in, but one built to commemorate his birth. The ranger did a great job of describing it, and you should make sure to arrive to take advantage of the ranger tour. Lovely location, great picnic grounds and a beach.
Written 21 August 2022
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Grace
1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
Beautiful and well-maintained historic landmark. It is near the Pope Creek so very scenic view through all directions; It also has livestocks and picnic areas. Amazing gift shop and very friendly staff there. It is free admission to join the guided tour. Our tour guide Dustin is very knowledgeable about history and gave us a well-informed tour.
Written 22 May 2022
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corkyc988
New Jersey125 contributions
Mar 2022
In our quest to visit as many national parks/monuments, we decided to stop here on our journey down to Williamsburg. We knew, prior to arriving, that there was little at the park that dates back to the days of Washington. And all the rangers were very clear that the house was not the "Washington" house and that was also quite evident in the house displays. We started at the visitor center with the movie, which had some fine scenery but did not share a lot about the history of the Washington family. The walk along the creek to the house was beautiful (even the day that we were there when the weather was not fully cooperative) and the ranger was informative and pleasant. On our walk back, it was easy to imagine young George Washington skipping through the fields.

We also explored the tour ride which included driving down to the river beach. If you happen to have a lunch, there were several places that you could sit and enjoy. The creek walkway to the house was easy to maneuver (even for my elderly Mom) and it looked that there were some great hiking trails.

Be sure to ask about the upcoming archeological dig, we plan to follow it virtually.

For history buffs, it is worth a stop.
Written 31 March 2022
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Kathleen D
38 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
It is a picturesque place to visit but was a little disappointed to find out that the house is not the actual house where he lived. To the side of the house there is a possible area that us marked where the Washington house may have been. Apparently there will be more research done to determine the location. Upon arriving my husband and I were the only ones there. We attended a movie about the site and we were disappointed in the content. It showed more of a scenic view of the area rather than being informative. We booked a tour for the house and while we waited a lady arrived who also wanted to take the tour. The gentleman informed her that she would need to wait until after our tour, which woukd have been another half hour wait for her. We told him that we were OK for her to join us. He said no that she couldn't join our group. We felt that this was really silly to make her wait when our group, of 2, was small, but he wouldn't allow her to join us. Silly!
Written 8 March 2022
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JKLS72
Waldorf, MD158 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Enjoyed our visit to George Washington’s birthplace. Our tour of the Memorial House Museum by Dustin the park ranger was excellent. Learning the history of the area and the challenge of determining the actual location where Washington was born is so interesting. Enjoyed being able to walk around the property and getting a sense of where Washington was born. If your a history buff, this is a must visit. We spent about two hours here and were able to see everything we wanted.
Written 31 January 2022
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Wulf W
26 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Great park featuring colonial history and a look at the life of young George Washington's life. Trails, gardens, period buildings, livestock and a great staff make this a great spot. We visited 3 times while in the area. Great hiking trails and picnic area as well
Written 8 November 2021
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