George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 23 March 1769]

23. Set of homewards. Breakfasted at Mr. Ariss’s dind undr. the Ridge & lodgd at Wests.

John Ariss (d. 1799), originally of Westmoreland County, was one of the most successful architects and builders in Maryland and northern Virginia. In 1769 he moved from Richmond County to Frederick (later Berkeley) County. Although he has been credited with participating in work on the Mount Vernon mansion house 1757–59 and 1773–87, no documentary evidence has been found to support such a view (waterman description begins Thomas Tileston Waterman. The Mansions of Virginia, 1706–1776. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1946. description ends , 243–300, 419). In 1788 he leased 700 acres on GW’s Bullskin tract at £60 a year (General Ledger B description begins General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 281).

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