Chapter II. His Homes
George Washington's father owned a large
plantation on the western shore
of the Potomac River. George's great-grandfather, John Washington,
settled upon it nearly eighty years before, and there the family
dwelt ever since.
This plantation was in Westmoreland county, not quite forty
the place where the Potomac flows into Chesapeake Bay. By looking
your map of Virginia, you will see that the river is very broad
On one side of the plantation, and flowing
through it, there was a
creek, called Bridge's Creek - and for this reason the place
was known as
the Bridge's Creek Plantation.
It was here, on the 22d of February, 1732, that George Washington
Although his father was a rich man, the house in which he
neither very large nor very fine--at least it would not be
It was a square, wooden building, with four rooms on the ground
and an attic above.
The eaves were low, and the roof was long
and sloping. At each end of
the house there was a huge chimney - and inside were big fireplaces,
for the kitchen and one for the "great room" where
But George did not live long in this house. When he was about
years old his father removed to another plantation which he
Hunting Creek, several miles farther up the river. This new
was at first known as the Washington Plantation, but it is
Four years after this the house of the Washingtons was burned
Mr. Washington had still other lands on the Rappahannock River.
also an interest in some iron mines that were being opened
there. And so
to this place the family was now taken.
The house by the Rappahannock was very
much like the one at Bridge's
Creek. It stood on high ground, overlooking the river and some
meadows - and on the other side of the river was the village
Fredericksburg, which at that time was a very small village,
George was now about seven years old.