George Washington Birthplace National Monument Things to Do
George Washington's Great-Grandfather John Washington made the initial land acquisitions in the area for the Washington family, establishing the Bridges Creek Plantation,today marked by the Washington family cemetery, and just a mile from the Wakefield House. Washington's father Augustine added to the original plantation by purchasing this land on...more
The first thing visitors will notice when entering the grounds is the memorial shaft obelisk that is made of Vermont marble. In 1895-1896, Congress donated this 50-foot obelisk and had it erected on a brick foundation under what is now the Memorial House, which researchers originally thought was the foundation of the birth house of Washington. The...more
The Memorial House and Colonial Kitchen were constructed in 1931 to recreate the home in which George Washington was born. Typical of a moderately wealthy planter of the 1730s, the buildings are not true replicas of the original Washington plantation. The reconstructed plantation does successfully depict the culture and social standing of the...more
The Living Colonial Farm has heritage livestock breeds and fowl typical of the Colonial era. Tobacco is grown in season.The park's farm buildings, groves of trees, livestock, gardens, and crops of tobacco and wheat, represent the boyhood environment Washington knew. The present farm was established in 1968, and it also has a staffed kitchen house...more
George Washington Birthplace National Historic Monument is a 550-acre National Park Service site that commemorates the location where our first President George Washington was born and lived his earliest years. The main features of the monument are a marble obelisk, the family cemetery, a Memorial Mansion that was typical of the time, a colonial...more
The Washington Family Cemetery is located on the 550 acres of the National Historic Site. From memorial obelisk, turn left, away from the Visitors Center. After about a mile, there will be a small parking area on the right next to an open field. The cemetery is across the road to the left, barely visible in a grove of trees. The approach to the...more
The site of John Washington's home is located on a flat, level piece of ground adjacent to the Washington family cemetery. This is where the Washington family began their rise to prominence in America, led by a man who was an active farmer, military man, and community leader. After thirteen years at this site, John Washington built the Wakefield...more
Besides these great historic sites, in the same area you will find a cool little beach town called Colonial Beach. Its nickname is Golf Cart Town because these little scooters are street legal here once regstered with the town. The beaches look pretty nice, there is some history in the town Alexander Graham Bell's home for example), and there are a...more
The Potomac River runs 383 miles from the West Virginia-Maryland border to the Chesapeake Bay south of Washington DC. Some of the major cities along the river include Harper's Ferry, WV, Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and Alexandria, VA. The river forms part of the borders between Maryland and Washington, D.C. to the north and West Virginia and...more
George Washington Birthplace National Monument Restaurants
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We drove by Wilkerson's around 3pm on our way through the area heading to George Washington's Birthplace National Historic Site. It looked pretty good, so after touring this monument then checking out the town of Colonial Heights, we stopped in for an early dinner at around 5pm.
The parking lot was full in front of the restaurant, so we parked in the big gravel lot across the street. When we entered, we could smell the fried seafood entrees, and after not eating all day, our mouths were watering. Upon entering, we realized the restaurant had a cafeteria feel, almost too sterile for a waterfront crab shack of sorts, and it was full of old people! Then we saw the buffet and realized it was entirely fried food, and it was around $30 a person... way too expensive!
We were seated near the windows and the views were nice. The menu had a lot of good options, but I was disappointed there were no blue crabs except soft shells. We decided to get two of the entrees: the soft shell crab platter and the crab cake platter, both around $18. While we waited, we were served some of the best hush puppies I've ever had... we quickly downed the whole basket and got seconds! When our meals came, there were two crab cakes and two soft shell crabs so we split them in order to try both. Both were very tasty, though the soft shell crabs were missing most of the legs, what I consider the best part of the animal. Our meals also came with fries and one visit to the small salad bar for a total of $47 for the two of us.
Overall, this was pretty average seafood, with an expensive fried buffet, and soft shells missing most of their legs. Not the worst experience ever, but for a much better meal try Tim's Rivershore Crabhouse up the river in Dumfries, VA.
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