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In Their Own Words

May 17, 1791

Washington Diary Entry from Waynesboro

Continuing his journey to Augusta, Pres. George Washington made Waynesboro in Burke County, where he spent the night, as noted in his diary:

“Tuesday, 17th. Breakfasted at Spinner’s 17 miles; dined at Lamberts 13; and lodged at Waynesborough (wch. was coming 6 miles out of our way) 14, in all 43 miles. Waynesborough is a small place, but the Seat of the Court of Burkes [sic] County; 6 or 8 dwelling houses in all it contains. At attempt is making (without much apparent effect) to establish an Academy at it as is the case in all the Counties.”

Source: John C. Fitzpatrick (ed.), The Diaries of George Washington: 1748-1799 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1925), pp. 178.