George Washington slept here. A lot.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

"George Washington slept here" is a common phrase used when some institution is trying to gain notoriety for the guests who used its facility. To have evidence that George Washington, our nation's first president, slept in your establishment is an incredible feather in your cap. In Winchester, VA, George Washington did more than sleep, he lived her for much of his younger life. 

In the Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, Dr. Curtis Morgan, Jr. writes, "For a decade, from 1748 until 1758, George Washington spent more nights in Winchester than any other place besides his home. Washington spent the most formative period of his life in Winchester. There he learned geography and topography, raised, commanded and supplied troops (including troublesome militia), built and managed a fort, and achieved political office. Washington would also draw upon lessons learned in all of these experiences as war leader and President."

The Washington Office Museum still stands at the corner of Cork and Braddock Streets. General Washington spent many of his younger years as a surveyor in the Winchester-Frederick County, VA area. It is recorded that he began that phase of his career at 16 in Winchester. Washington surveyed the area from 1749 to 1752. There are markers around the city labeling lots he surveyed at that time. The museum still holds Washington's personal affects, his surveying equipment and a scale model of the city of Winchester around 1755.

On the grounds of the office is a cannon used by  General Edward Braddock in Alexandria, VA. Washington also used his office as his base while he built Fort Loudoun on the north end of Winchester. Fort Loudoun consisted of four diamond-shaped bastions and 24 cannons. The fort has since been swallowed up by time, but the location is well know in the Winchester community. 


Curtis F. Morgan, Jr., "Winchester, VA", The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington, 1.21.2017, 


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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

This area of the country is rich in history. Love visiting it during the summer.

Jan 22, 2017 05:41 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike. This is so very interesting and I never knew that so many of Washington's personal affects are in your hometown.

Jan 22, 2017 06:47 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE hope to get out there and tour the area next year.  So much history

Jan 22, 2017 06:55 AM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mike

Thanks for a fun read and a terrific history lesson. I had no clue!


Jan 22, 2017 08:22 AM #4
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Mike it is fascinating to realize the history around us and who walked and might have walked the ground we so casually tread. Thank you.

Jan 22, 2017 09:51 AM #5
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Very interesting, Mike.   When I go back East, I realize how young the West really is historically and architecturally.  

Jan 22, 2017 09:55 AM #6
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

That whole area is so rich in history!

Jan 22, 2017 03:08 PM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's a fascinating story filled with rich history, Mike!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Jan 22, 2017 03:58 PM #8
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