In the year 1708 a baby girl was born in Lively Virginia, a small community in Lancaster County. Her name was Mary Ball and after growing to womanhood, she married Augustine Washington. She met Augustine in London while visiting her half-brother Joseph. The two of them had six children (Wikipedia), one of which would go on to become the first President of The United States of America, George Washington.
The first image below shows the birthplace of Mary Ball Washington, a place I have driven past many times en route to visiting my friends just down the road.
On a recent Sunday morning I pulled into the driveway to create a few images, one of which is this split driveway view.
The house, a lovely colonial style, is nestled neatly into the wooded surroundings.
The family was financially well off, owning some 1600 acres of land and her father being a planter. I hope to learn more about the house and property on a future visit and get some interior photos. The house was closed during the time of this photograph.
Seven tenths mile west is Epping Forest. The land was patented by Colonel Joseph Ball, who died there in 1711. His Daughter, Mary Ball, Mother of George Washington, was born there in 1707/8. The house incorporates parts of the original structure.
Thought I would spare you any eye strain while attempting to read the well-weathered sign below, commissioned and likely erected in 1950. There is a reference in the text to Epping Forest. Mary Ball Washington was known as "The Belle of Epping Forest".
Mary lived a full life, seeing many of her son's successes, including his election as the nations first President. She must have been a mighty proud lady.
Until next time, thanks so much for visiting!