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George Washington drafted this survey for Barnaby McHandry in 1749. Signed "Washington, SCC" (for Surveyor of Culpeper County), this survey details 400 acres on the border of Augusta County, Virginia, along the Cacapehon (Cacapon) or Lost River. The left section of the document's text has been lost, but a masterfully drafted plat and a scale of poles are intact on the right side of the page. In his journal, Washington records that on November 9-10, 1749, he made, for Barnaby McHandry, this survey of "a certain Tract of Waste and ungranted Land Situate in Frederick County on the Lost River of Cacapehon."

EC Rotation 25 (October 2016)

Plat and written description drafted by George Washington for Barnaby McHandry, taken November 9, 1749.


Purchased with funds donated by Jim and Jo Carol Porter in memory of L. Carlton Brown, Jr., and his father, 2008


ADS (Autograph Document Signed) Partial text of survey on left, full plat, including compass rose and a scale of poles, drawn at right. Large watermark, center of sheet. Similar to Gravell, FOREIGN WATERMARKS 710. The laid paper is mounted in ¼" border of wove paper. The left side of the survey text is lost. In place of this lost text a 1 7/8" x 7 ¾" strip of laid paper with no text has been adhered to the left edge of the document.






Ink, laid paper


Overall: 8 1/4 in. x 11 1/2 in. x 1/2 in. (20.96 cm x 29.21 cm x 1.27 cm)
Other (image): 7 3/4 in. x 9 3/8 in. (19.69 cm x 23.81 cm)

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Purchased with funds donated by Jim and Jo Carol Porter in memory of L. Carlton Brown, Jr. and his father, 2008


Verso, top right corner, in brown ink: Barnaby McHandry's / Platt for / 400 Acres / Deed drawn


Recto, lower left, in brown ink: Washington SCC

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