Belvoir Mansion Historic Area: Washington was a regular visitor here. (Enter Fort Belvoir at its Tulley Gate and bring a passport or state-issued ID.)

Fort Loudoun: Site of Washington's regimental headquarters during part of the French and Indian War (

George Washington Birthplace National Monument: Includes hiking trails, a scenic Potomac River beach and the family cemetery (1-804-224-1732;

George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm: Where Washington spent most of his childhood (1-540-370-0732; — home.html).

George Washington's Office: Washington's office during construction of nearby Fort Loudoun (1-540-662-4412; — washington.htm).

White Post: A post placed by a young Washington (intersection of White Post and Berrys Ferry roads, in White Post, Va.).

More information: Mount Vernon's digital encyclopedia is a great resource for information on Washington's life.

Becca Milfeld