George Washington Birthplace
Birthplace of "the Father of our Country"
George Washington
George Washington

In the heart of the Northern Neck of Virginia stands a tribute to America's founding father, George Washington. Although only here a short time, the ideas that Washington learned here helped shape the man he would become and forever alter the destiny of the United States of America.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument preserves the heart of the Washingtons' lands in America. John Washington, the immigrant, arrived in Westmoreland County in 1657, and settled near Bridges Creek. Augustine Washington, George's father, purchased Popes Creek Plantation in 1718 and built the house that George, the first son of Augustine and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington, was born in on February 22, 1732.

Generations of Washingtons lived on these lands and established a legacy of public service, leadership, and love of the land. The rich legacy of the Washingtons would culminate with George Washington's achievements as the "Father of Our Country."

Today, George Washington Birthplace National Monument is one of over 400 units of the National Park System. Hours of public visitation are 9:00 – 5:00 daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Visitors can take guided tours through the Memorial House, or explore the historic area, nature trail, burial ground, and Potomac River Beach access on their own on this 550–acre property. A variety of special events are presented throughout the year.

1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
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