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Entering Washington Street we naturally expatiated upon the ambitious young engineer, George Washington, who planned the city, and on his later life and powerful personality.
Christ Church
The exterior of Christ Church is charming, with its ivy-covered walls, weather-beaten brick set off by noble trees and ancient tombstones.
Gadsby's Tavern
Gadsby's Tavern, in Alexandria, is steeped in the romance and history of colonial Virginia. It was the northern terminus of the King's Highway that much-traveled route from Williamsburg, the ancient capital of the Colony.
The Carlyle House
The Carlyle House was erected on the site of an old fort built as a protection against the Indians. There are still to be seen the cells where Indians were kept as prisoners.
Wellington-on-the-Potomac is on the Fort Hunt road half-way between Mount Vernon and Alexandria. The house was built prior to 1760 and it was occupied by Colonel Tobias Lear.
Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon's beauty and associations are best appreciated when considered in the light of George Washington, private citizen, devoted husband. and ardent agriculturalist.
Pohick Church
This Church, one of the oldest in Virginia, is filled with associations of the people whose names are closely allied with the early history of the State.
Gunston Hall
To visit Gunston is an experience. I believe it was Lord Balfour, who had been a guest there, who said that seeing Gunston enabled him to understand the great planter-statesmen of our Revolutionary period as he had never understood them before.
Rippon Lodge
Rippon Lodge is a modest farmhouse compared with the palatial homes on the James, the Rappahannock, the Potomac and in the Shenandoah Valley.
Historic Fredericksburg
MODERN progress has touched Fredericksburg, some-times ruthlessly, but it has not entirely obliterated all traces of the old village that had such an intimate touch with colonial history.
Rising Sun Tavern
One of the famous pre-Revolutionary gathering places of Northern Virginia was the Rising Sun Tavern on Caroline Street.
Federal Hill
Federal Hill was built by Sir Alexander Spotswood, a colonial governor of Virginia. Tradition says it was constructed for state purposes and by order of Queen Anne.
Jame's Monroe's Law Office
The Revolutionary War was over, and the Westmoreland County lad, James Monroe, who had some years before left William and Mary College to fight for American liberty.
The Mercer Apothecary Shop
Mercer left the apothecary shop to take command of the Third Virginia Regiment, recruited largely from Fredericks-burg and the immediate vicinity.
The Marye house, now known as Brompton, standing where long ago one of the homes of the Willis's, of Willis Hill stood.
Kenmore was for many years the home of Colonel Fielding Lewis, whose wife, Betty, was the beloved sister of George Washington.
Falmouth, the thriving but still quaint little village on the banks of the Rappahannock opposite Fredericksburg, is truly the latter's sister community.
Few of the great homes in Virginia have a more commanding prospect or more glorious setting than Chatham, situated on a bluff overlooking the Rappahannock River, just opposite Falmouth.
Washington spent the first five years of his life at Wakefield, from which the family moved to Ferry Farm just opposite Fredericksburg and across the Rappahannock River.
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