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Mary Washington Grave and Monument, Fredericksburg, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member garmin_geek
N 38° 18.359 W 077° 28.121
18S E 284144 N 4242648
Quick Description: Mary Ball Washington was an intrepid 18th century woman who raised five children alone. The oldest became the first President of the United States.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 5:30:34 AM
Waymark Code: WM5X9Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:
Mary Ball was born in 1708 or 1709 in Lancaster County, Virginia, the only child of Joseph Ball and his second wife, Mary Johnson. Sentimental biographers dubbed her "The Belle of Epping Forest," after her father's estate.

Mary would marry Augustine Washington, of Pope's Creek, Westmoreland County, on March 6, 1731. A widower with three children, he was a leader in area iron mining enterprises.

George was the first of their five children, born February 22, 1732. They settled at what is now Ferry Farm in 1738. Mary was widowed at age 35 when Augustine died in April of 1743.

The year 1889 was the time of the "Terrible Advertisement." Mary Washington's grave and the 12 acres around it were to be sold at public auction. Local and national outrage led to the formation of the Fredericksburg and National Mary Washington Monument Associations.

Plans were soon underway to build "the first monument ever erected by women to a woman." Fund raisers ranged from simple Fredericksburg events to lavish national events, including balls and entertainments in New Orleans, Baltimore, Charleston, S.C., Denver, and White Sulphur Springs.

On May 10, 1894, President Grover Cleveland was on hand for the dedication of the new Mary Washington Monument. More than 50 feet high, it is an obelisk of Vermont granite with the simple words, Mary, Mother of Washington. (
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Date of birth: 01/01/1708

Date of death: 01/01/1789

Area of notoriety: Historical Figure

Marker Type: Monument

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Recommend daylight hours only

Fee required?: No

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