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How to Honor George Washington's Birthday

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. Honor his birthday and legacy by visiting some of the places where he spent time.


  • Step 1: Visit Washington's estate and gardens at Mount Vernon in Virginia. Washington died there in 1799 at the age of 67. Now you've celebrated Washington's birthday as a true patriot.
  • FACT: The 1942 film _George Washington Slept Here_ portrays the misadventures of a city couple who try to renovate a house in the country where George Washington once stayed.
  • Step 2: visit the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. As president of the United States, George Washington laid the building's cornerstone in 1793.
  • Step 3: Visit Yorktown. This is where Washington, as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, negotiated the surrender of the British in 1781.
  • TIP: No buildings remain standing, but the farm has been the site of archeological studies.
  • Step 4: Visit Natural Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley. The natural stone arch was surveyed by young Washington, and his initials can be seen on a rock.
  • Step 5: Visit Ferry Farm, George Washington's boyhood home, on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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