George Washington rare hand-drawn land survey property near Mount Vernon

30 Oct

Rare hand-drawn land survey conducted by Washington, signed with his initials within the text, “GW,” one page, 5.25 x 9, no date but circa 1785. Washington draws the plat of land on the western edge of his Four Mile Run property in Alexandria, Virginia, about 12 miles north of his famous Mount Vernon estate. At the bottom of the survey, Washington sketches the stream his property was named for, labeling it “Four Mile Run” and “Course laid down by guess.” Perpendicular to the stream he writes, “Where GW comes to the run,” presumably marking the end of his land at the edge of the stream. On a dotted line extending from the center of the river, lengthily describing it: “Course of this line is no. 43½ E[as]t & the reverse So 43½ W[es]t. This dotted line from the hiccory to the run gives and takes about 5½ acres of land.” A solid jagged line drawn through the middle labels various landmarks, including “fallen & rotten hiccory,” “stump within the inclosure,” “red oak,” and “no tree marked.” Intersecting folds and mild overall staining, otherwise fine condition. The 1932 ‘George Washington Atlas’ reproduces Washington’s much broader survey of the entire property he prepared in 1799, the last year of his life, and includes the section detailed in this plat.

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