Celebrations at Washington's birthplace


George Washington was born at Popes Creek Plantation in Westmoreland County, Va. The house was destroyed by fire in 1779, and a Memorial House was erected on the site in 1930-'31. The house, along with the farm and several outbuildings, is known as the Washington Birthplace National Monument.

The site will be open free of charge tomorrow with visiting hours extended to 7 p.m. in honor of Washington's birthday. There will be craft demonstrations, spinet music, talks on the household slaves' quarters, and hot spiced cider and gingerbread. During evening hours, paths of the historic area will be lit by candles, as will several of the buildings.

The site will be open again free of charge on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (no music and refreshments on this date). The birthplace is on state Route 3, 38 miles from Fredericksburg, Va. Call (804) 224-1732.

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