Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Uncovering George Washington

Archaeologists had to excavate three likely locations, but they are confident they've finally found the long-lost remains of George Washington's boyhood home. The site at Ferry Farm, just across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg, yielded evidence that matched descriptions from Washington's letters, including the traces of a fire in 1740, and accounts from the Civil War, when Union troops massed at the farm. The one and a half story house measured less than 12 by 18 meters, but it was a comfortable home for the times.

COMMENT: Washington was a fascinating, multifaceted man - much more than just a good general, or even a good President. This is a facinating opportunity to learn more about the environment that shaped him.

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