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George Washington Birthplace, Colonial Beach

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  • I live in Virginia and have visited Wakefield, George Washington's birthplace many times over the years. My kids loved touring the great house and outbuildings and looking for shark's teeth and other ...  more »
  • The peaceful grounds where our first president was born. Another gem on Virginia's Northern Neck, minutes from historic Montross.  more »
  • Sits on an inlet of the Potomac better known as "Pope's Creek." This area is where George Washington grew up until he was about 6-7 years old. There are daily tours of a replicated house as the old on...  more »
  • Great place to visit of you're in the area. Sometimes have events with reenacters in period dress who really make the farm come to life.
  • Rich with history, located on the Potomac. A beautiful drive from Richmond
  • Beautiful grounds with lots of historic information.
  • I'll be honest, as much as a history buff as i can be, i wasn't even aware that this place existed. And the only reason why i do now, is because i passed the sign for it on my way to another place (which i ended up skipping) on the Northern Neck. It is a bit out-of-the-way, considering that the Northern Neck isn't know as a mecca of tourism. But you could easily package this in with several other sites and places in the area and make a good day of it. The Monument is pretty easy to find, just off of VA 3, with signage telling you where you need to turn. The monument sits on a pretty decent piece of ground, most of which is undeveloped. And it features some things that one would not expect to have in a place that is dedicated to the first President of the United States. But i'll get to that as a go along. Your greeted right off the back with a miniature replica of the Washington Monument. Just to the right is the parking for the visitor center, to the left is the road which takes you to the family gravesite and nature area. Parking looks not to be a problem (at least is was far from one when i went), and it's just a short walk to the visitor center, whose size is deceiving from the outside. I say deceiving in that i looks bigger then it is. It's really sort of small and limited on the inside, with a small gift shop, some exhibit areas, and a movie theater. Form the visitor center it's a short walk to the "historic area". I state "historic area" in that it's not really that historic, the buildings are all replicas (apparently even by the Park Services own admission not to accurate ones at that) built in the 1930's. But it does give you an idea of what a Northern Virginia plantation would have been in the mid 1700's. Outside of this main area the trail continues across a footbridge to a more naturalist area. I found this are to be the diamond in the rough. It contains a 1 mi long nature (and you will probably see nature, as i spotted at least 2 dear and several wild turkeys), a fishing area, one historic building, and a picnic / pavilion area. This area has its own separate facilities and parking from the main part of the park. There are a couple of other areas as well, a small beach on the Potomac and the Washington family burial area. But i can't speak for them as i didn't visit them. My Recommendations, if you go you might want to check ahead to see if any events are happening at the park, this would probably be the time to visit as their will be more activities. Otherwise i would make it part of a days excursion to other sites (the likes of Stratford Hall, the many vineyards, etc) on the Northern Neck as it's hard to make a full day out of visiting this park.
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