Monday, January 4, 2016

Elder Gibbons Photos Fredericksburg Mary Washington House

From: Kenneth Traveller <>
Date: January 4, 2016 at 9:31:20 PM MST
To: Arla Gibbons <>,
Subject: Elder Gibbons Photos Fredericksburg Mary Washington House

In 1772, George Washington purchased a house in Fredericksburg, Virginia for his mother. Mary Washington spent her last seventeen years in this comfortable home. Tradition has it that, during the Revolution, General Lafayette found Mrs. Washington in her garden attending her favorite hobby. The President-to-be came to this home to receive his mother's blessing before attending his inauguration in 1789.
No photos were allow inside the home, but the Elders enjoyed a guided tour of the home.  Was able to take photos of the kitchen and the sundial in the garden and it indicated the correct time.
Also visited Mediation Rock a short distance from the home where Mary Washington went daily to pray for the safety of her son and country during the dark days of the revolution.
Virginia was a slave state and there is still a slave auction block in downtown Fredericksburg.  The old Salem Church was used as a hospital during the Civil War and the Elders are pointing to some on the bullet holes from the Civil War.
Ken Traveller

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