George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 20 May 1768]

20. Set of from Colo. Bassetts for Nomony. Crossd over to Claibornes—from thence by Frazers Ferry to Hobs hole dining at Webbs Ordinary.

Nomini was a Westmoreland County neighborhood clustered around Nomini Creek, which emptied into the Potomac River about 12 miles below GW’s birthplace at Pope’s Creek. From Claiborne’s ferry, GW’s party rode through King William County to cross the Mattaponi River at William Frazier’s (many spellings) ferry (hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends , 7:402). They then proceeded almost due north through King and Queen County, crossing into Essex County where they stopped in the afternoon for dinner at Webb’s tavern (for the Webb family of Essex County, see webb [1] description begins “The Webb Family.” Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine 7 (1925–26): 191–98, 269–77; 8 (1926-27): 52-61. description ends , 270–77). After dinner they rode north to Hobbs Hole (now Tappahannock), a tobacco port on the south side of the Rappahannock River and the seat of Essex County, which was described by a visitor in 1774 as “a small Village, with only a few Stores, & Shops” (fithian description begins Hunter Dickinson Farish, ed. Journal & Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian, 1773–1774: A Plantation Tutor of the Old Dominion. Williamsburg, Va., 1943. description ends , 203). GW spent £2 1s. 6d. for overnight lodgings, ferriages, and other expenses there (ledger a description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 274).

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