We didn't take Flat George with us everywhere we went in Virginia. I feel sort of bad about that. He was just so darned quiet that sometimes we forgot about him until we ran across him lying down somewhere.
But, we did make sure to take him to George Washington's birthplace on Pope's Creek just off the Potomac river south of Fredericksburg. The white gravel you see on the ground behind the sign is the outline of the foundation of the house in which George Washington was born. The house itself burned down long, long ago and the foundation was discovered only within the last several years.
Being British and all and there at the site of the American Revolution hero's birthplace, Flat George might have felt the urge to lift his leg on this 300 year old tree but, being British, he was much too gentlemanly to do so.
This isn't a good photo of Flat George, but it is a nice photo of the re-created kitchen where interpreters describe how food was stored and prepared back in the 1600's-1700's. We learned that kitchens were almost always detached from the main house because they so often burned. On average, a kitchen of this sort burned to the ground every 6 years or so--you'd think they would have worked out an easier way to remodel their kitchens! (wink, wink)