George Washington, Farmer

George Washington, Farmer (HM57J)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22309
Country: United States of America

N 38° 42.668', W 77° 4.382'

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One of the most progressive farmers of his day, George Washington believed America's future depended on improvements in agriculture. From 1754-1799, he worked to improve his farming methods at Mount Vernon. Abandoning tobacco, which depleted the soil, Washington made wheat his major crop. He exchanged information through extensive correspondence with like-minded farmers around the country and abroad.

(Photo Caption) Detail from Washington as a Farmer at Mount Vernon, Junius Brutus Stearns, 1851

(Copy Next to Map)Washington's accomplishments included experimenting with approximately 60 different crops, introducing mules to farm labor in the United States, and testing crop rotation and fertilizers for soil improvement.?President Washington drew this 1793 map of his approximately 8,000 acres. About 200 slaves and others worked the farms. Each of the five farms had its own animals, equipment, buildings, living quarters, and woods for fences.
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HM NumberHM57J
Series This marker is part of the George Washington Slept Here series
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Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 9:20am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 319756 N 4286761
Decimal Degrees38.71113333, -77.07303333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.668', W 77° 4.382'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 40.08" N, 77° 4' 22.92" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)202, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3732 Mt Vernon Trail, Alexandria VA 22309, US
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