Monday, October 06, 2008

My daughter, Sherianne Shannon, and I spent a father/daughter day at Wakefield Plantation, the birthplace of George Washington. The original house burned in 1779. This house was built in 1931 as a memorial in the style of an English planter's home of the period. It is considerably larger than the original whose foundation was found and excavated in 1936. 

Dawn Palmer, one of the best National Park Service interpreters I have ever encountered, displays a replica of a certificate of indenture. Indentured servants and slaves were necessary for the economic viability of the plantation; the indentured for skilled labor, the slaves to work the fields. A slave, costing 30 pounds sterling at the time, could produce tobacco worth 1,000 pounds sterling from an acre of good land per year.

A curious cow on the plantation.

 Mushrooms form a fairy ring near the graves of George Washington's ancestors. including John, his great grandfather who emigrated to Virginia in 1659.

1 comment:

humanobserver said...

lol....I mean the way the cow was looking at.....