We stumbled on one of George's offices in New York last year so thought it would be fun to see the one we stumbled on this year. Worker was very knowledgeable and was kind enough to give me the teacher discount even though I teach in another state. Small quant office gives a a real appreciation for what we have now days. Even the door frame was tiny. If my 6'4 boys were with us they would have had to duck and go through sideways.
Great little museum, with lots of info about George Washington's early days as he learned to be a surveyor, a diplomat, and a commander. It gives a great sense of where Washington came from, what the area was like and how the frontier grew.Visited onWeekdayWait timeNo waitReservation recommendedNoPrice for adult entry$6–10
A must visit for anyone interested in early American history. Entrance fee is $5 and kids under 7 are free. It’s a small building but it has lots of neat exhibits of what frontier Winchester was like in the 18th century.
Definitely worth a stop if you are interested in American history. It’s very small, older man inside was friendly and very knowledgeable. It’s definitely a quick stop maybe 15 minutes only.
I normally wouldn't give such a tiny museum 5 stars, but come on--it's George Washington himself we're talking about. That alone is worth a visit...but wait, it gets better: The docents really know their stuff and can really supplement what's in the museum to give you a much fuller picture of Washington's early years here. Certainly worth a visit. Plan on 20 minutes.
This was the second time we ran into a structure used by Col George Washington. Last we was his headquarters in Cumberland MD. Great to see that both have been preserved for generations to see.
George Washington used a little log building, now the middle room of George Washington Office Museum, as a military office from September 1755 to December of 1756 while Fort Loudoun was being constructed at the north end of town. Washington planned Fort Loudoun, supervised the work and brought his own blacksmiths from Mount Vernon to do the ironwork. The fort was a redoubt with four bastions; there were fourteen mounted cannon and it covered one-half acre. It was made of logs filled with earth and inside there were barracks for 450 men. A well was sunk 103 feet through solid limestone rock to supply the fort with water. This well is all that remains of the fort today. Located on the grounds of the museum is a cannon that was left by General Edward Braddock in Alexandria. It is among a number of artifacts displayed at the office. The current exhibit is entitled “George Washington and the West.” This display includes some of Washington’s personal effects, surveying equipment and a scale model of the town of Winchester circa 1755 which shows the fort prominently located at the north end of the town.
It's only two rooms, but there is so much history packed into those rooms. The guy running museum gave us a history lesson on George Washington. The gifts in the gift shop were adorable too.
So much history in such a small location. Despite its small size I spent about an hour here enjoying a very interesting and indepth conversation with the site's curator about Washington, Winchester VA, the Valley, the French and Indian War and other related topics and people!
What a well preserved museum. Worth the stop.Visited onWeekdayWait timeNo waitReservation recommendedNoPrice for adult entry$1–5