George Washington at Chatham
Although he is usually associated with Mount Vernon on the Potomac River, George Washington spent much of his youth at Ferry Farm on the Rappahannock River, several hundred yards downstream from Chatham. He often returned to Fredericksburg to visit his family and friends. On many occasions George Washington visited Chatham to see his good friend William Fitzhugh. On April 29, 1786, Washington recorded in his diary that he had "set out from the Bowling Green a little after sunrise. Breakfasted at General Spotswood's. Dined at my Sister Lewis' in Fredericksburg and spent the evening at Mr. Fitzhugh's of Chatham." During Washington's visits, he enjoyed the lavish hospitality and entertainment for which Fitzhugh was well noted.
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Did You Know?
In 1888 members of Stonewall Jackson's staff placed a monument to him near where he was wounded. They chose a location along the main road, today called Route 3. The actual spot of Jackson's wounding was on the Mountain Road, about 50 yards NE of the monument.