George Washington was born on his father's Pope Creek tobacco farm on February 22, 1732. When George was 3 1/2, his father took his family to live at Mount Vernon. In 1779 the home where Washington was born burned. A Memorial House was built near the spot in 1930. Today the National Park Service operates a colonial farm where costumed interpreters recreate the sights, sounds and smells of 18th century plantation life. Daily activities include a 14-minute film at the visitor center/museum, tours of the memorial house, the colonial kitchen, spinning shop and the farm buildings. Special programs are available for adult and school groups. Special weekend activities vary each year, please check the calendar of events . Located 40 miles east of Fredericksburg off Virginia Route 3 near Oak Grove, Va.