History 390

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The marker, George Washington in Winchester; according to the information March 1748 Washington visited Winchester, Virginia. Winchester then known as Fredericktown, was the home of Lord Fairfax. Lord Fairfax hired Mr. Washington as a surveyor, Washington later purchased property in Winchester in 1753. In 1755 Washington unsuccessfully ran as a candidate for a seat in the House of Burgesses. Washington established a headcounters in Winchester from 1755 to 1758, he commanded Virginia troops on the Western front in the French and Indian War. Washington was also involved in the construction of Fort Loudoun, he also represented Frederick County in the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1758 to 1765.

This marker was chosen primarily for the the importance of George Washington. Washington has always been an influential historical figure. While he may not have chopped down the cherry tree, he was loved by our nation. Virginia history focuses on the founding fathers of our nation, learning about the first president of the United States is drilled into students heads. The fact that he lived in Virginia and was the father of our nation is common knowledge in our area.

By breaking down how we look at history like, Trouillot does in his work, a different perspective can be achieved. Washington can be viewed as an actor and the marker is the narrative. By distancing the perspective scientific knowledge can be achieved easier. Because history is written by the winner, many of the markers are factual and defocus on the impacts they may have had. He also discusses how some history is better remembered than other events or people. Looking at the purpose of the knowledge, the marker is informative and gives a time line of events that happened while Washington was in Winchester.

The marker offers a factual perspective blocking tourist from forming an opinion or knowledge of his effect on those that lived in the area. The marker is brief and skips over a lot of information. While it mentions the French and Indian war the markers skips over any further details that could have been given. The marker also offers little information on the House of Burgesses and who beat him to the representatives seat. The marker mentions Lord Fairfax, and like the other information it is limited and does not go into further detail. The narrative that the marker offers is limited and its purpose could be argued that it incites questions by mentioning these other historical aspects without going in to detail.

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