Welcome to the George Washington Birthplace National Monument homepage. This website is intended to enhance your understanding of the place and significance of the park, as well as to assist you with planning a real visit to the place where George Washington took his first steps. We encourage you to come and explore one of the first historic sites in the National Park Service and to experience the landscape that shaped this "essential man."
George Washington was born at Popes Creek in 1732 and remained at this plantation until age 3 when the family moved to another one of the family's properties at Ferry Farm near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Popes Creek farm stayed in the Washington family until it passed first to the state of Virginia and then to the Federal government for preservation and protection.
Over his lifetime, George Washington made many trips back to Popes Creek, and through the area known as the Northern Neck of Virginia, to see friends and relatives. As a teenager while studying the trade of land surveying, George completed one of his earliest surveys here. The picture above is an illustration of Washington's map of the property formerly known as Popes Creek Plantation.
The man regarded by the National Park Service as the "father of interpretation", Freeman Tilden, wrote of visiting "the scene of Washington's birthplace on Pope's Creek in tidewater Virginia. The house is not the house where George Washington was born, but the spirit of our great whole man is there; and in these lovely and provoking surroundings, the staunch character of our hero comes to the imagination."
The NPS staff and volunteers are dedicated to making your visit to George Washington Birthplace National Monument a safe and enjoyable opportunity to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds that helped to shape the character of America's greatest leader. Spend some time exploring this and other national park websites. We hope you are inspired to visit us and all of your national parks soon.