Possibility, Opportunity, and Memory

Established to honor the 200th birthday of the first president of the United States, the Birthplace represents more than a century of local, state, and national efforts to memorialize Washington. The Washingtons shaped an American identity through their encounters and relationships with Native Americans, enslaved Africans, and other Europeans, all struggling to find their place in this world.

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Plan Your Visit

Find ideas to help plan your visit and discover what you need to know before you arrive.

Memorial House Museum and Colonial Kitchen in the early winter

Virtually Explore the Park

Discover and learn about the history of the area through a self-guided tour, virtual activities, and more.

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Things to Do

Experience a variety of recreational opportunities at the park.

Be a Junior Ranger

Be a Junior Ranger

Become a Junior Ranger by completing activities about the park.

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Photos & Multimedia

Browse our photo galleries and video collection to discover more about the park.

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Josephine Wheelwright Rust

Josephine Wheelwright Rust was instrumental in founding the Wakefield National Memorial Association and designing the birthplace.

2 story, brick Memorial House Museum

The Memorial House Museum

Learn about the decade-long effort to build a Memorial House honoring George Washington at his birthplace.

Construction of the Colonial Kitchen and the Memorial House Museum

Colonial Revival at the Birthplace

The women of the Wakefield National Memorial Association began to develop Washington's Birthplace during the Colonial Revival movement.

Last updated: April 3, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443


(804) 224-1732 x227

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