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Christmas with George

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A blacksmith shapes hot iron at the Washington Birthplace National Monument in Westmoreland County.

Experience the Christmas season much as George Washington’s family did. This Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., George Washington Birthplace National Monument’s staff and volunteers invite visitors to take part — free — in special, programs devoted to the traditions of a Colonial Christmas. (This event was rescheduled due to the Dec. 26 storm.) As the 12 days of Christmas near an end (George and Martha were married on Twelfth Night, the feast of the Epiphany, on Jan. 6, 1759.), see, hear and smell Colonial cooking, blacksmithing and music making. The Memorial House will be decorated with special greenery. Candle lanterns will illuminate the monument’s historic area at dusk, from the Memorial House to the Visitor Center. Ginger snaps and hot cider will be served at the visitor center. The national monument is on State Route 204, two miles off Route 3, 38 miles east of Fredericksburg.It’s full of quiet scenic beauty; enjoy a good stroll around the grounds on Pope’s Creek or along one of its wooded trails. For more information, call 804/224-1732 or visit

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