For the kids, by George

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05/26/2020

Did You Know? George Washington started his military career as adjutant of southern Virginia. Though it gave him a start, it was not the assignment he wanted. Southern Virginia was all the land south of the James River. George Washington wanted to be adjutant of northern Virginia. This was the land he was most familiar with and much closer to home. Hmm...what could he do to get the assignment he wanted? Stay tuned for the answer.πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ€ πŸ€ πŸ€ 

05/19/2020

Did You Know? At one time George Washington owned over 70,000 acres between the Potomac and Ohio rivers. When he died he still owned about 59,000 in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York.πŸ’°πŸ˜€πŸ’°πŸ˜€

05/15/2020

Did You Know? Being a surveyor was very beneficial to George Washington. His work across the frontier allowed him to find good land at low prices. He became quite a land speculator as a result. Land speculators buy a piece of property at a low price hoping (or speculating) that they can sell it later at a much higher price. 🧐🧐🧐🧐

05/14/2020

Did You Know? After starting his military career, George Washington continued surveying throughout his life. He surveyed to purchase land for himself, to defend the boundaries of his property, and also to do jobs for others.

05/13/2020

Did You Know? In 1752 George Washington left his job as Surveyor for Culpeper County to become adjutant for southern Virginia. An adjutant is an assistant to a military officer above him. The began Washington's military career but did not end his work as a surveyor.

Did You Know? Culpeper County, Virginia was much bigger when George Washington was it's surveyor than it is now. In fact...
05/12/2020

Did You Know? Culpeper County, Virginia was much bigger when George Washington was it's surveyor than it is now. In fact much of the land he surveyed was in the western parts of what is today, Frederick County Virginia (think Winchester) and Hampshire County West Virginia (think Slanesville)!

05/11/2020

Did You Know? George Washington went on to get his first job as the official Surveyor of Culpeper County, Virginia. He was only 17 years old! Being a surveyor was a very respected and financially rewarded profession. Only lawyers made as much as a surveyor at this time.πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°

05/08/2020

Did You Know? In 1748 George Washington was invited along with his good friend, George William Fairfax, to join a group of experienced surveyors on an expedition to the western part of the Northern Neck Proprietary. They were in the Shenandoah Valley laying out lots. He gained useful experience in surveying along with learning how to survive in the wilderness. This experience proved helpful in his later adventures.

05/07/2020

Did You Know? George Washington had to learn geometry in order to learn how to survey. Geometry is the part of mathematics that works with shapes. Surveying is a way to measure land and mark property. When you survey you are making geometric shapes on the land.

Did You Know? George Washington was an avid surveyor much of his life.  He learned the basics as a teenager by surveying...
05/06/2020

Did You Know? George Washington was an avid surveyor much of his life. He learned the basics as a teenager by surveying land around Mount Vernon.

05/05/2020

Did You Know? William Fairfax was a mentor and sponsor for George Washington. He took young George under his wing and supported him. This was particularly important to George since his own father had died when he was just 11 years old. William Fairfax, the next door neighbor, came into George's life to fill the void.

05/04/2020

Did You Know? The Fairfax family has had a lasting impact on Virginia. The county just outside of Washington, DC is named Fairfax and the County Seat is Fairfax City. On the site of Belvoir estate now sits one of the largest US Army bases in the country, Fort Belvoir. Fort Belvoir employs more people than the Pentagon!

Did You Know?  Lawrence Washington also socialized with the Fairfax children. In fact he ended up marrying William Fairf...
05/01/2020

Did You Know? Lawrence Washington also socialized with the Fairfax children. In fact he ended up marrying William Fairfax's daughter, Ann. Though George Washington lived much of his life as owner of Mount Vernon, as a child he lived there with his older brother Lawrence and Anne Fairfax. It would be quite a while before George received ownership of the estate.πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€“

04/30/2020

Did You Know? The children of William Fairfax spent much time with George Washington and brother Lawrence. George William Fairfax was really close to George Washington. I'll bet it was funny when someone blamed George for some trouble! As an adult, George Washington always looked back at these childhood times with great fondness.😊😊😊

04/29/2020

Did You Know? The Belvoir Estate was right across Dogues Creek from Mount Vernon. George Washington lived with his older brother, Lawrence at Mount Vernon and the William Fairfax family were their next door neighbors.🀠

04/28/2020

Did You Know? William Fairfax agreed to move to Virginia and serve as the land agent for the Northern Neck Proprietary. He built a large house on the Potomac River and called it Belvoir.πŸ˜€

04/27/2020

Did You Know? Thomas Fairfax in England had a cousin William who was living in the American colony of Massachusetts. Thomas asked William to move to Virginia to be his land agent in charge of sales of land from the Northern Neck Proprietary.πŸ€“

04/24/2020

Did You Know? Lord Thomas Fairfax 5th passed the control of the Northern Neck to his son, Lord Thomas Fairfax 6th. This Thomas was alive when George Washington was a boy. 😊

Did You Know? The Northern Neck Proprietary was a gift to Lord Thomas Fairfax by King Charles II for supporting him duri...
04/23/2020

Did You Know? The Northern Neck Proprietary was a gift to Lord Thomas Fairfax by King Charles II for supporting him during during Oliver Cromwell's overthrow of the English Crown. King Charles returned to the throne and gave his supporters large tracks of land in America that actually had little value at the time.🧐

04/22/2020

Did You Know? The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia sits in the middle of a huge tract of land once called the Northern Neck Proprietary. It was all the land between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers and consisted of over 5 million acres!πŸ€“

11/13/2019
All Aboard! to the Children's Museum

Check out our new video that lets you explore the For The Kids, By George, Children's Museum. Thanks to Thad Reid for producing, Kimberly Nelson for hosting, and all the children who acted in this fun video!

10/01/2019

We just made an Instagram page! Go follow it @forthekidsbygeorgemusuem and be sure to tag us in any of your photos!

Look what Jacob made last week! The ship is still sailing in Lego land. Thanks for your hard work.
08/31/2019

Look what Jacob made last week! The ship is still sailing in Lego land. Thanks for your hard work.

Escape Room Mania! What a turn out we had Friday night. All kinds of fun as clever players worked their way through the ...
07/22/2019

Escape Room Mania! What a turn out we had Friday night. All kinds of fun as clever players worked their way through the clues to escape each room. We were pretty tricky but not tricky enough for these players. Everyone made it out eventually! Here is a picture of one of many groups that made it out.

Now for the announcement of the winner of our random drawing for a $50 gift certificate towards fine dining at Brix restaurant on Queen Street in Martinsburg.

The winner is....... Phillip Manriquez and his team mates!

We will get in touch to arrange for you to get your certificate.

Stay tuned for future Escape the Museum events!

07/08/2019

Calling all "smarty-pants-know-it-alls." We are hosting an Escape Room challenge on July 19 at 6:30 in the museum. This first event is aimed at young adults (or those young at heart.) See if you have what it takes to figure your way out of one of our exhibit areas. If you make it out of all 3, you are eligible for a random drawing prize! The price of admission is $15 and includes a glass of wine or beer. Come out, test your knowledge, and have some fun. Come as a group or we can assign you to one. You can pay at the door or online at www.forthekidsbygeorge.org.

Holy Cow! The home stretch to summer vacation has been filled with school field trips. Thanks to Ranson Elementary, TA L...
06/06/2019

Holy Cow! The home stretch to summer vacation has been filled with school field trips. Thanks to Ranson Elementary, TA Lowery Head Start and Berkeley Heights Elementary for their energy and enthusiasm. You make it all worthwhile!

Boy, May has been happening around here! Lots of field trips from area schools.  Thank  you St. Leo's Head Start, Blue R...
05/21/2019

Boy, May has been happening around here! Lots of field trips from area schools. Thank you St. Leo's Head Start, Blue Ridge Elementary, and Berkeley Heights Elementary for making Spring blossom at the museum.

April showers bring...kids to the museum! It's been pretty busy here.  We want to thank Martinsburg Christian Academy, R...
05/02/2019

April showers bring...kids to the museum! It's been pretty busy here. We want to thank Martinsburg Christian Academy, Rosemont Elementary, and Berkeley Heights Head Start for making our days brighter. We have many trips lined up for May. Call us if you want to squeeze in a field trip before school lets out!

Spring is here and that means time for school Field Trips!  We have had a busy March and April is looking good also.  We...
04/11/2019

Spring is here and that means time for school Field Trips! We have had a busy March and April is looking good also. We still have openings in May so book your trip now by calling 304 264-9977 or emailing [email protected]

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I've noticed businesses are doing fun pack purchases for a future visit to their place of business. A zoo was offering some toys in a bundle from their gift shop for $50 and tossed in a complimentary 1 day family pass to their zoo to use in the next year and the shipping was paid by the consumer. Could you start something like that with some of your gift shop swag? I'd purchase one.
Are you a mature and responsible adult looking to earn a little extra money? We are looking for part time help to run the Museum two Saturdays of the month. The hours would be from 9:30 to 5:30. Responsibilities would include opening and closing, collecting admissions fees, explanation of exhibits for visitors, and various other duties. You must be patient and enjoy children. If this sounds like you, contact us by email at [email protected] or call 304 264-9977.
For The Kids, By George is hosting its biggest fundraiser of the year on November 3. We call it Building Steam! 2017. Guests will be entertained to an evening of fine dining on our rendition of an authentic B&O Railroad dining car. The bridge over the railroad tracks at Caperton train station will be decorated as an elegant dining car with a formal dinner served by our caterers. Dinner will be preceded by an oyster bar downstairs in the lobby of the train station. This once a year event is limited to 44 guests on our "dining car." Tickets for dinner are $250 (half of which is tax deductible.) All aboard to supporters of For The Kids, By George Children's Museum! Contact us at [email protected] to learn more and purchase your tickets.