Mary Washington was the mother of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America. The first hospital of Fredericksburg’s health-care system was named after her. The article provides a brief profile of Washington’s mother, known for her strong character.
Who is Mary Washington?
Mary Ball was the mother of George Washington, the first U.S. President.
She was born in 1708 (or 1709) in Lancaster County, Virginia and is the only child of Joseph Ball and his second wife, Mary Johnson. She married Augustine Washington, of Pope’s Creek, Westmoreland County, in 1731, a widower with three children, and a leader in an iron mining business. George, who was to become the future American president, was the first of their five children, born February 22, 1732.
They settled at Ferry Farm in 1738.
Mary became a single mother who had to raise the children alone when Augustine died in April, 1743. Later years
Mary energetically managed their 600-acre farm. When necessary, she was a stern parent as demonstrated by her refusal to allow George Washington to join the British Navy. As she turned 64 and the farm became too much of a task, George purchased what became his mother’s Fredericksburg home. Final Years
Mary Ball Washington died on August 25, 1789 and was buried on the Lewis plantation a few steps from Meditation Rock.
The citizens of the Fredericksburg and nearby areas continue the memory and legacy of George Washington’s mother.
Mary Washington Hospital
Mary Washington Healthcare
In 1899, the first hospital of Fredericksburg’s regional health-care system was named after Mary Ball Washington, to honour her life and her strong character. Mary Washington Healthcare is her realm in the Old Dominion State, with the medical provider's previous name, MediCorp Health System.
It offers comprehensive health services to Fredericksburg residents and surrounding areas in central Virginia. Mary Washington Hospital
Mary Washington Hospital, the hub of the system, is a general medical and surgical hospital, with a medical center that provides services including emergency/trauma care and surgical procedures.
It is a non-profit system that also includes outpatient care program, primary and specialty care services for women, seniors, and children. Mary Washington Legacy
In the 1950s, in addition to naming the hospital after Mary Ball Washington, the regional health-care system used the crest of the Washington family as its logo. Since then, the emblem has evolved into its appearance today, a reminder of the region’s pride in the Washington heritage.
Mary Washington’s name is well-remembered in Fredericksburg area and beyond.
If you ever visit Fredericksburg, Virginia, you may come across the Mary Washington Monument.