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Did You Know? It was very difficult for Washington to raise a militia to man the frontier forts and protect the settlers. The pay was very low. The laws allowed the wealthy to avoid service. In fact only the very poor would enlist. They often had not shoes or coats. There was not sufficient money from the legislature to cloth them. Turn over was high. The term of enlistment was short. As soon as someone was trained, they were ready to be leave. And many deserted. In spite of this Washington was able to maintain a force that took part in about 10 small skirmishes and had a loss of 100 men.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”

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We want to see you back at the museum! For the next few weeks before school starts on September 8, we will be hosting a private tour on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. Only one family will attend each tour time slot. We will charge our standard admission fee of $6 per person. Face masks are required so please bring your own. You can sign up by going to this link: or the signupgenius page (

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Did You Know? So now that Washington was in charge of protecting the western frontier, what did it require? His orders were to establish a chain of forts from the Potomac River down to the border with North Carolina. He was also to raise a militia to man the forts and protect the settlers. After the British abandoned the field of battle to the French, many settlers moved east to more protected environs. Those that were still on the western edge of the frontier were even more exposed to attack from both the French and Native Americans. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ


Did You Know? So how did the British troops react to the stunning defeat of Braddock at the Monongahela? They abandoned the frontier and fled to Philadelphia for winter quarters (even though winter was far off!). Governor Dinwiddie was not about to leave the frontier unprotected. He petitioned the House of Burgesses for funds to send the Virginia Regiment out to the frontier. He offered the command to Washington. In light of past injustices regarding military issues, Washington laid down several conditions before accepting the command. Dinwiddie met all of these conditions and Washington proceeded to Winchester to use as his headquarters for the protection of the western frontier.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค 


Did You Know? If Washington thought he was going to learn the best techniques of warfare from Braddock, he must have been bitterly disappointed. Braddock marched westward towards Fort Duquesne building a road through the wilderness. At the Monongahela River he was attacked by a force of French and Indians. Braddock did not know how to respond to the wilderness techniques of the attackers. He lost 2/3 of his men and was mortally wounded in a horrible defeat. Washington organized the retreat after ordering Braddock to be buried under the roadway. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ž


Did You Know? Washington did not stay long in his new life as a farmer. A few months after retiring to Mount Vernon, he was contacted by General Braddock of the British Army. General Braddock had been sent over from England to lead a campaign to drive the French out of Fort Duquesne and take control of the Ohio River region. General Braddock asked Washington to meet him in Winchester. There Braddock entertained Washington in elegant style and asked him to be a personal aide in his party. Washington would have the chance to experience first hand the strategies and techniques of the British military. He left aside his resentments regarding rank and accepted this opportunity to closely assist Braddock.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค 


Did You Know? Things got even worse in Washington's treatment in the military. All the forces in North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland were to be united under the command of Governor Sharpe of Maryland. The Governor received a commission under the Royal Crown. The Virginia Regiment was to be broken up into 3 companies. I was to be Captain of one of the companies. This would be effectively a three grade demotion in rank! At this point I had had enough. I resigned my commission in October of 1754. I headed back to Mount Vernon and began to lease the estate from the widow of my brother, Lawrence. I planned to live the life of a farmer on the family property.๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ


Did You Know? After marching to Wills Creek after the surrender at Fort Necessity, Washington continued east to Winchester. There the troops regrouped and resupplied. During this time there were problems with morale due to the discrepancy in pay between the colonial soldiers of the Virginia regiments and the British regulars. Colonial officers of equal rank received much less pay than the British. This was an ongoing problem for George Washington and was a bone of contention between him and the Governor. He petitioned Governor Dinwiddie for equitable compensation but got no relief. Washington persuaded William Fairfax to get involved. Fairfax persuaded the Governor to set aside land in the Ohio territory as bounty for the men of the Virginia Regiment. But there was no change in the officer's pay.๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก


Did You Know? Van Braam's translation of the terms of surrender became very controversial. The actual letter had said that Washington was admitting to the assassination of De Jumonville who was in fact an emissary or ambassador delivering a message to the English. This was a serious offense against the norms of international relations. In fact De Jumonville's mission was very similar to what Washington was doing on his winter journey to Fort Le Boeuf. There was outrage at Van Braam for his error even to the point of being accused of treason. Fortunately for Washington he received little criticism for his part. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


Did You Know? It was indeed a grim nightfall that greeted George Washington at Fort Necessity. Dead cattle and horses, dead and wounded troops, and little supplies and powder with which to defend themselves. Amazingly the French offered to parley terms of surrender. Washington sent his translator, Van Braam, to receive the French offer. He returned with a rain soaked piece of paper and the men tried to decipher it in dim candle light. Van Braam said the French were offering to let the troops disarm and march back to Wills Creek (Cumberland). In addition Washington admitted to the killing of De Jumonville. Washington accepted the terms of this, his only surrender during his military career. The Virginians then began the march to Wills Creek as the French burned Fort Necessity to the ground. ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜ž


Did You Know? Upon hearing about the approaching French force, Washington decided to fall back to Big Meadows and strengthen the fortifications. The newly completed fort was named Fort Necessity. Though Washington thought the spot would be well defended, he was in for a surprise. The attack started early in the morning of July 3. Washington's men moved out to entrenchments outside the fort as a forward defense. The French laid back at first and then used the surrounding hills to pin the Virginians in the trenches. Then it started to rain hard. It rained for 8 hours straight. Many of the troops were stuck in their trenches. By nightfall all the horses and cattle were killed, a third of Washington's troops were either dead or wounded, all the powder was damp, and the men broke into the last of the liquor. Things were grim indeed!๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ


Did You Know? After the Jumonville incident, the leader of the Virginia Regiment, Joshua Fry, died in a freak horse accident. George Washington was then promoted to Full Lieutenant and Commander of the Virginia Regiment. He continued his push westward but soon ran short of supplies, food, and ammunition. Then he learned of a large force of French and Indians moving towards him. How would he respond to this new threat?๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคจ


Did You Know? Washington's men totally surprised the French and overtook them quickly, killing some and capturing the rest. Half King's men started to kill the wounded and scalp the dead before Washington could stop them. One of the dead was Sieur De Jumonville. His men claimed he was an emissary sent to the English to order them to leave French territory; a mission similar to Washington's winter journey to Fort Le Boeuf. Washington did not believe them and thought it was a ploy to hide the fact that they were all spies. ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ


Did You Know? Washington's force soon reached a place called Great Meadows. He thought it was an excellent site to defend so he started construction of a fort there. In the meantime there were reports of French military activity in the area. He sent out a party of 75 men along with some native American allies. One night we learned from Half King that there was a party of French soldiers camped nearby. Washington sent 40 of his men with Half King's men to seek them out. At daylight the attack began.๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


Did You Know? George Washingto was given the assignment to recruit a force of soldiers down in Alexandria and then march to the forks of the Ohio (Pittsburgh today) where a fort was being built by a small contingent of Virginians. Washington was to help complete the fort which would be our base to protect the area from the French. Before reaching the forks they met the leader of the Virginians, Ensign Ward, who told Washington the French had arrived with a large force and run them off! Washington decided to send Ward to Williamsburg to seek supplies and reinforcements. Meanwhile he would continue the march to the forks building a road for large wagons and artillery.๐Ÿค 


Did You Know? As soon as George Washington returned from his winter journey as emissary for Governor Dinwiddie, he began his early military career. Governor Dinwiddie wanted to confront the French before they could become established in the Ohio Valley. He formed the Virginia Regiment putting Joshua Fry of Williamsburg in command with George Washington second in command as lieutenant-colonel.


Did You Know? One last thing about the winter journey. After reaching Wills Creek, Washington went to Belvoir for a couple of days to recuperate. He then made his way to Williamsburg to deliver his report to the Governor. The report was published in the Virginia Gazette and even several London newspapers. To show their appreciation the House of Burgesses voted to award a 50 pound bonus to George "to testify our Approbation of his Proceedings on his Journey to the Ohio."๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ


Did You Know? George Washington was not out of trouble yet. As they pushed on in heavy winter weather, they had to cross the ice filled Allegheny River. George reached out with his foot to push an ice floe away from their crude raft and fell in. He almost drowned and it took some time for him to warm back up. They finally reached Wills Creek (Cumberland) on January 7, 1754. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜€


Did You Know? Trouble awaited the two men when they went off on their own. They became disoriented at one point and were unsure of their path. Fortunately, a native American came upon them and offered to help them out. After a while, George Washington suspected they were being led into a trap. They confronted the man and he tried to shoot them. He missed and they subdued the native American. Christopher Gist wanted to kill him but George Washington said no. The native American was allowed to leave and went ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจunarmed into the wilderness.


Did You Know? Washington pressed ahead in treacherous winter weather. His horses became weak and he made a tough decision. He took Christopher Gist to go with him on foot on the most direct route back to Virginia. The rest of his party was sent along the main route back. So the two men dressed in Native American garb with only their rifles and a pack on their backs tried to find a quicker way home.๐Ÿง๐Ÿง


Did You Know? On the way back to Virginia the party stopped again at Venango. The French once again plied the Native Americans with alcohol. This time George Washington decided to leave them and continue on with the original members of his party๐Ÿค .


Did You Know? After getting dismissed by the French commandant, George left on December 15 to make a speedy trip back to the Governor with his reply letter. Before leaving, he took note of 200 canoes being prepared with more in the works. It looked like a major French military operation heading south when the Spring weather arrived.๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจ

Did You Know? You may be wondering how George's party got from Williamsburg, the capital of Virginia to Fort Le Boef nea...

Did You Know? You may be wondering how George's party got from Williamsburg, the capital of Virginia to Fort Le Boef near Lake Erie. This map from the book The Adventures of George Washington shows you.


Did You Know? George Washington's party finally arrived at Fort Le Boeuf after a long trip from Venango. Here he delivered the letter of warning from Governor Dinwiddie. The French Commandant read the letter and dismissed it saying the French had no intentions of giving up their claim to the Ohio River territory.๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•

We hate to say it, but we are going to be closed indefinitely! We are working with health officials to find a way to mee...
For the Kids by George, Children's Museum

We hate to say it, but we are going to be closed indefinitely! We are working with health officials to find a way to meet the regulations the Governor has laid out for the reopening of museums. Once we are confident that we can provide a safe environment for our visitors, we will welcome you back. Stay tuned to this page and our website for updates.๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ž


Did You Know? Washington's party headed north and in 70 miles they reached Venango. Venango was an old Indian town that the French were using as an outpost. He hoped to deliver his letter to the officer in charge, but was told he would have to take it to the French Commandant at Fort Le Boeuf. Fort Le Boeuf was further north, almost to Lake Eerie.๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค 


Did You Know? George Washington's party headed north in search of Half King and other chieftans of the Six Nations to enlist their help. They arrived at Logstown which was Half King's headquarters. Half King agreed to help out. He and 4 of his men headed out together to continue the journey. ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค 


Did You Know? After meeting up with Van Braam in Fredericksburg, George Washington made his way to Wills Creek (today called Cumberland, MD) to find Christopher Gist. Governor Dinwiddie had asked him to join the expedition. Gist was a frontier surveyor and guide. These 3 men along with 4 "Servitors" (slaves) began their journey northward into the wilderness.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘


Did You Know? It was 1752 and George Washington was only 21 years old. He set off first to Fredericksburg to recruit a Dutchman, Jacob Van Braam, who could speak French. Van Braam would serve as the interpreter.๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค 


Did You Know? The governor of Virginia, Robert Dinwiddie, wanted to raise an army to drive the French out of the Ohio Valley. But the legislature, called the House of Burgesses, would not support him. Nevertheless, the British Crown directed Dinwiddie to send an emissary to the French with a letter demanding their withdrawal. This is the plan that William Fairfax got wind of. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š


Did You Know? George needed to show his ability and experience to get his coveted assignment to the northern Virginia adjutancy. He got his chance thanks to William Fairfax. Fairfax heard about a plan to send an emissary to the French commandant demanding the French withdraw from the Ohio Valley. George Washington volunteered to be that emissary.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€


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.๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿค 


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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.