Animals

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George Washington Birthplace NM is home to a wide array of animal life. The following links will guide you to informational sheets to help you identify and learn about the animals that call this park home.

Animal Track Guide

Mammals

Amphibians

Reptiles

 
Twin Hog Island lambs
Heritage Breed Animals

At Popes Creek Plantation, the Washington family would have relied on a wide variety of livestock to provide labor, food, and necessary items for the family.

When the Wakefield National Memorial Association was assisting the National Park Service in setting up the park in the early 1930s, they decided to bring "heritage breed" livestock to the park. Heritage breed livestock were animals descended from the stock the Washingtons would have used here. Some of the varieties brought here were Ossawaw Hogs, Hog Island Sheep, and Red Devon Cattle. Even today, the park still has a variety of these heritage breeds for you to experience in your visit to the park.

Last updated: July 23, 2019

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Mailing Address:

1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Phone:

(804) 224-1732 x227

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