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  • Monument Name

    George Washington Boulder, Lexington

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Colonial Wars

    Revolutionary War

    Historic Political Figures

    Historic Military Figures

  • City

    Lexington

  • County

    Davidson

  • Description

    A bronze plaque on a stele-shaped boulder commemorates President George Washington's visit to the area on Tuesday, May 31, 1791. The boulder is reportedly the rock he sat on while he enjoyed his lunch during the journey between Salisbury and Salem.

    Images: Plaque | View from N.C. Highway 150

  • Inscription

    GEORGE WASHINGTON / BOULDER / ON THIS ROCK / PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON / RESTED AND ATE DINNER ENROUTE / FROM SALISBURY TO WINSTON-SALEM / MAY 31, 1791 / ERECTED BY / GEN. WM. DAVIDSON CHAPTER D.A.R. / LEXINGTON N.C. / 1926

  • Dedication Date

    1926

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.505910 , -80.200230 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Farnham, Thomas J. "Washington's Southern Tour," NCPEDIA, 2006 (accessed May 28, 2014) Link

      George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799: The Diaries of George Washington. In The Diaries of George Washington. Vol. VI. January 1790-December 1799, Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1979. (accessed December 14, 2013). Link

      Henderson, Archibald. 1923. Washington’s Southern Tour 1791. Boston and New York: Houghton Miffin company, 1923, (accessed May 28, 2014) Link

      Waymarking.com. "George Washington Boulder," North Carolina Historical Markers on Waymarking.com, (accessed December 4, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    General William Davidson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Subject Notes

    Shortly after Washington was elected President in 1789, he decided to tour the United States in order to better understand the condition of the country, its makeup and culture, and to give the citizens of the young republic a chance to meet their first President. The duties of office delayed a trip to the South until the spring of 1791. His larger than life status made his visits important events for communities and the places he stayed became historically significant.

    There are several stone markers across North Carolina that commemorate President Washington's tour of the southern states in 1791. Notable among them are George Washington Tree Marker in Hampstead outside Wilmington, George Washington and Henry Clay Marker in Wilmington, and a stone marker at Guilford Courthouse.

  • Location

    The George Washington Boulder is located on N.C. Highway 150 directly across from Reeds Elementary School in the Community of Reeds near Lexington.

  • Landscape

    The marker sits in a lawn area next to a home.

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