"Washington's Birthplace: Family Cemetery" George Washington Birthplace National Monument Things to Do Tip by Ewingjr98

The Washington Family Cemetery is located on the 550 acres of the National Historic Site. From memorial obelisk, turn left, away from the Visitors Center. After about a mile, there will be a small parking area on the right next to an open field. The cemetery is across the road to the left, barely visible in a grove of trees.

The approach to the cemetery is a long tree-line path that leads visitors past the site of the John Washington House. The cemetery is small, with just seven grave markers for the 32 of Washington's family members buried here. The two gravestone replicas and the five memorial tablets were erected in the 1930s to commemorate the most famous Washingtons buried at this site, including George Washington's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

A plaque at the entrance to the walled cemetery displays a photo of the cemetery in 1930, with a description that reads:

The Burial Ground

Three generations of George Washington's
forebears are buried here. The first
burials were made in 1668, when John
Washington's wife Anne and two small
children died. During the next thirty years,
at least nine more Washingtons--including
George Washington's grandparents--were
interred here.

The cemetery today bears no resemblance to
the cemetery George Washington visited
during his youth. In 1930, the Wakefield
National Memorial Association constructed
the wall around the grounds, consolidated
the graves into a single casket, and interred
the remains in a single vault.

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