Dig Finds Washington's Home (No Cherry Tree)

Archaeologists excavate boyhood home of founding father
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2008 6:20 PM CDT
This undated image shows eighteenth-century wig curlers of various sizes were found in one of the cellars of the Washington house by the archaeologists digging at Ferry Farm.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Archaeologists have found the childhood home of George Washington, the New York Times reports—and despite the popular legend, there's no cherry tree anywhere on the premises. Researchers describe the founding father's Virginia digs as “a very nice gentry house” sporting eight rooms—not the simple cottage pictured in popular imagination.

“What we see at this site is the best available window into the setting that nurtured the father of our country,” said archaeologist Philip Levy. The researchers found several artifacts confirming the house’s identity; among them are wine bottles, cutlery, wig curlers, bone toothbrushes, and a pipe bearing a Masonic crest that might have actually been smoked by George.