Washington’s first visit to the Cumberland area, 1748

Although George Washington first planned a career in the Royal Navy, by the age of 17 he was commissioned as a surveyor. He compiled sample surveys as part of his education. Washington’s so-called “School Boy Copy Books” are housed in the George Washington...

Find George Washington in Cumberland

Why Washington? Why Cumberland MD? George Washington visited this area at important points in his life and career. In March 1748, during his time as a surveyor, he wrote of visiting the Cresap home at the mouth of the South Branch of the Potomac. He notes of this part...