George Mason Memorial

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WalterC WalterC
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Memorial to a lesser known George Jul 15, 2016
A little bit out of the way, the George Mason Memorial can be easily missed, as it is not alongside the Tidal Basin. Depending on which direction you are walking, it is near at the one end of the bridge. If crossing that bridge, after coming from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, then you went too far. You will have to step away from the Tidal Basin, to find this place.

George Mason was a Founding Father, and often the forgotten one. Some would jokingly refer him as the lesser-known “George”, when compared to some other George from Virginia. You know, that other George who become the face of the new nation? Well, this George would write the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which would later serve to help write part of the Declaration of Independence. Also, he would be the one who help come up with the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution. Though, he never signed the Constitution. But still, that does not take away the fact that he did have a lot to do with the Founding of the United States.

The memorial was dedicated in 2002, and has a fountain with a statue of Mason himself, sitting next to a couple of books. Unfortunately, this memorial just looks neglected, as the fountain looks like it has not been turned on or been cleaned for some time.

And it’s out of the way location, results in not getting too many visitors. So you could have the place all to yourself. And fun to pose for a selfie with Mason himself.

The memorial is okay, but only worth a quick look if already doing the walk around the Tidal Basin. Definitely not enough to go out of your way to just see this, as there is really not much to it, especially when compared to all the other memorials in Washington DC. Still, if you do visit it, it is definitely not a total waste of time to see it, as it should just take 5 minutes to see.
statue of George Mason
books next to Mason
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Zagnut66 says:
Thomas Jefferson was a protege of sorts to Mason, which is why Mason's small memorial sits near the Jefferson Memorial.
Posted on: Aug 18, 2016
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