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




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.

In the 1970s, the National Park Service started a living history farm, deciding 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 Ossabaw 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: June 25, 2020

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1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443


(804) 224-1732 x227

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