Photo: George Washington's Boyhood Home Found



The well-preserved bowl of an 18th-century pipe, engraved with Masonic symbols and darkened from heavy use, is among the half million artifacts excavated from the site of George Washington's childhood home, archaeologists announced on July 2, 2008.

Records show that Washington first became a Freemason in the mid-18th-century in Fredericksburg, across the Rappahannock River from Ferry Farm.

"That pipe was certainly in use during that time," said archaeologist David Muraca, who oversaw the excavation.

Photograph by Adrian Coakley/NGS


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