Wednesday, February 22, 2012

George Washington

Today is George Washington's birthday.  This bas relief is in an out-of-the-way spot near a side door of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.  It marks the location where General Washington met in 1780 with his French counterpart, comte de Rochambeau, to discuss strategy for fighting the British army.  They had a reception at the home of Jeremiah Wadsworth on Main Street in Hartford, which is now the site of the Wadsworth Atheneum.


23 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

If George Washington had a meeting here, somewhere nearby there should be an old Inn that says "George Washington slept here."

Luis Gomez said...

Great Jack.

Kate said...

History certainly is a huge part of Hartford. It must be fun for social science and history teachers to be there on some of these occasions. Their classrooms should rock!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Geoge would be happy here !!!!

EG Wow said...

George certainly get around, doesn't he? Happy b'day, Mr. President!

Malyss said...

France and USA, what a long love story!
(One more proof on my blog today Ü)

Sylvia K said...

You do live in such a historical, interesting part of our country, Jack! And the northwest, by contrast, is such a young part of it! Reading your posts and the history make me feel like a youngster!!! and at my age that's a miracle in itself! Keep them coming!! And enjoy your day!

Sylvia

Lowell said...

Those were difficult times for everyone. Old George did a good job. Are there any paintings of him smiling? Wonder what his wooden teeth looked like.

brattcat said...

a toast to george. i wonder what he'd think of things political today.

VP said...

Art honors history!

Sharon said...

It does make me wonder what it must have been like to live in that time.

joo said...

Great tribute!

SRQ said...

Nice find -- and capture. I love American Revolution history...so fascinating and inspiring. Happy Birthday President Washington!

cieldequimper said...

The man himself... Any sign of Jefferson around?

RedPat said...

Such history in your area Jack!

Lorelle said...

It must be great to live in an area of the country rich with early American history. We have Native history here and thats about it.

Halcyon said...

He's looking as good as ever.

Regina K said...

Oh I love to walk in our forefather's steps....

CTBruce said...

I love finding items like this. Nice shot Jack.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I am glad that you pointed out the actual birthdate of Washington. I am afraid that kids today will not ever know the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington since we have a generic holiday to serve all.

Bises,
Genie

Tash said...

Well done! I an on business at Charleston and thought I'd find the Episcopal church which GW attended but did not make it there. And it would have been open tonight for Ash Wednesday.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The French and Americans against the British hey what!!! There's something in my colonial roots stirring here haha!

David Thomas said...

Was this during the time that the British held New York? They split the colonies it two and probably could have stayed awhile longer if De Grassi hadn't messed them up in the Chesapeake Bay. (Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but this is my freelance view of history)