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  • Monument Name

    "George Washington Stopped Here" Marker, Arcadia

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Historic Military Figures

    Early Republic

  • Creator

    William Pfohl, Briggs-Shaffner Company, Winston Salem, NC, Builder

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    This marker consists of a simple stone slab, approximately two feet in height. A short inscription memorializes the location of an inn the George Washington visited in 1791 while on his tour of the southern states.

  • Inscription


  • Dedication Date


  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.971450 , -80.293570 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Series

    George Washington's Tour of the Southern States

  • Supporting Sources

      "George Washington Stopped Here," The Historical Marker Database,, (accessed May 28, 2014) Link

      Ebel, Carol. "Southern Tour," George Washington's Mount Vernon (accessed May 28, 2014) Link

      Farnham, Thomas J. "Washington's Southern Tour,", 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

      McKown, Harry. "June 1791 - George Washington Visits Salem, NC," This Month in North Carolina History, June 2010. (accessed May 28, 2014) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques


  • Sponsors

    National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.)

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    This marker was erected in 1930 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

  • Subject Notes

    In the spring of 1791, President George Washington began his tour of the southern states. Washington decided even before his inauguration to visit every state in the nation in order to gain a better understanding of the condition of the country and the needs of the people. His cross-country journey began in 1789 but, because North Carolina did not ratify the United States Constitution until 1790, his trip to the south was delayed.

    Between March and June of 1791, Washington traveled along the eastern seaboard from Maryland to Georgia, and then took a western return route from Georgia to Virginia. During his 1,700-mile tour he sought to emphasize national unity, understand the region's political sentiments, and learn about the southern economy. North Carolina was of particular importance to the tour because of its late ratification and Washington used his stops in the state as an opportunity to reinforce its admittance into the union.

    Washington was revered as the father of the nation and, because of his status; his visits to communities across the country were of important historical significance.

    There are numerous markers across North Carolina commemorating President Washington's tour of the southern states in 1791 to include nine identical bronze plaques placed by the DAR in 1925. Notable among them are George Washington Plaque, Hampstead outside Wilmington, George Washington Plaque, Tarboro, George Washington Plaque, Salisbury, George Washington Plaque, Greenville. and George Washington Plaque, Guilford Courthouse. Other markers made of stone include George Washington and Henry Clay Marker in Wilmington, and George Washington Boulder in Lexington.

  • Location

    The marker is located at the intersection of Washington Drive and North Carolina Highway 150. When traveling south on North Carolina Highway 150, the marker can be seen on the right side of the road.

  • Landscape

    The marker sits in from of the "Washington Estates" residential neighborhood sign. It is positioned in a grassy area approximately fifteen feet away from the road.

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