George Washington's will, written just six months before his death in 1799, will be on display in Loudoun County during Leesburg's First Friday festivities May 3.
The presentation is part of Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens' “Famous Signatures” series. The exhibition will also include:
-The Last Will and Testament of Martha Washington
-The 1774 Pew Deed from the Pohick Church in Lorton, which contains the signatures of George Washington and George Mason
-A letter written by John S. Mosby to the Fairfax Clerk of Court in 1865
-The 1765 Rough Minute Book with the signatures of George William Fairfax and George Mason
-Records signed by four U.S. Presidents from Virginia -- George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe and John Tyler
-The Last Will and Testament of George C. Marshall, a five-star general and Nobel Peace prize winner
-A deed executed by Sen. Daniel Webster
-A criminal forensic laboratory report endorsed by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover filed as evidence in a Loudoun County Circuit Court case
-Documents signed by prominent civil right activist Charles Houston
-Documents signed by Robert Pleasants, a Quaker abolitionist who founded the Virginia Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery
-Ship’s passport signed by James Monroe and John Quincy Adams
-Academic certificate issued to Susan Chichester signed by Margaret Mercer of the Belmont Academy
-The Lizzie Johnston autograph album signed by Confederate soldiers visiting Leesburg from 1861-1862
-Cartoons signed by Walt Kelly, former artist for the Walt Disney Studios
The exhibition will be hosted in the historic Loudoun County Courthouse at 18 East Market St. in downtown Leesburg from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 3. More information about the program can be found at Loudoun.gov/2165/Historic-Records-Deed-Research.
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Fairfax County John T. Frey and his historic records team partnered with Clemens’ historic records staff to present the program. Leesburg’s Thomas Balch Library is also participating in the program.
“This is one of the most fascinating programs my Historic Records Division and I have hosted since we started the First Friday history programs,” Clemens said in a prepared statement. “We are pleased to have a partnership with John Frey and his team from Fairfax County along with our friends at Balch Library to collectively offer this unique exhibition.”