George Washington’s name is everywhere. His face adorns the dollar bill and the quarter. Across the continential United States, 26 mountains are named after him, as well as 740 schools, a dozen colleges and universities, 155 towns and counties, various bridges, parks and forts; not to mention an entire state of the union and the very capital of the country he did so much to found. The only other capital in the world to share the distinction with Washington, DC is Monrovia, Liberia, named after the 5th President (James Monroe) who created this western African nation as a home for freed slaves.*
How did George Washington Inn get its name? During the planning stages of our bed and breakfast inn, other plans including a couple of William Poole’s architectural drawings were considered. I wanted nothing but a building worthy of this scenic oceanfront meadow. When the cost of redrawing these copyrighted plans to our specifications was beyond our budget, I decided to draw my own building and invested in a $100 CAD program. The rural landscape and high bluff seemed to have a setting similar to Mount Vernon and inspired us to build a replica of George Washington’s home. I searched online and found that the website had not been taken. An old “George Washington Inn” in Washington, DC no longer existed, nor was the name copyrighted. I subsequently bought the website and copyrighted the name with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Mount Vernon graciously provided certain exterior dimensions and with the investment of countless hours and the labor of many hands, George Washington Inn came to fruition. So, that’s the story behind the name.