George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 4 May 1770]

4. Began to flat Stone round—as also to carry wood round for burning Lyme. William Crook began to Work on my Mill Race on the same terms above mentioned.

Freestone from George William Fairfax’s quarries and firewood for GW’s limekiln are now being brought upstream by the flatboats. GW had oyster shells burned in the kiln to produce lime for making mortar. William Crook was another ditcher who apparently did not stick to his task long enough to justify an entry for payment in GW’s ledger.

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