Monday, July 07, 2008

Boyhood Home Found

George Washington's boyhood home has finally been located. Since there is little information on Washington's early years, this is a very exciting discovery:
"There is little actual documentary evidence of Washington's formative years. What we see at this site is the best available window into the setting that nurtured the father of our country," Levy said.

Three likely locations were excavated over seven years. The site where the foundations of Washington's home were discovered was built during the first part of the 18th century - Washington was born in 1732 - fit the type of house in which Washington would have lived and also yielded artifacts likely linked to his family.

"Now that we have identified the home, we can begin understanding Washington's childhood," Muraca said, as well as dispel some of the folklore surrounding the president's life. For instance, the tale of Washington's chopping down the cherry tree with a hatchet and confessing to his father has never been proven.

While where Washington's home was (Ferry Farm, a national historic site) was known, the actual house had not been found until now.

3 comments:

schiller1979 said...

Is it true that Washington was of somehat modest means until he married Martha Custis, at that time a rich widow?

Jennie W said...

The death of Washington's father made it hard on the family, but he was part of the landed gentry. You can read about what is known of his childhood here: http://www.mountvernon.org/learn/meet_george/index.cfm/ss/21/

His marriage to Martha certainly improved his fortunes as she was a very wealthy widow.

Greg Bevier said...

Every mainstream media article I've read on this subject says something like, "This is where he would have chopped down the cherry tree." No mention of Mason Weems and his, shall we say, "embellishment."