After our first President, George Washington was elected he promised to tour the new Nation. One of the reasons for Washington's tour was to try to unite the country behind the young and struggling Federal government. Washington's personal charm and his acceptance as a national hero contributed greatly toward this end.
George Washington had been on a tour of the South in the spring of 1791 for the purpose of becoming better acquainted with the character of the states and their problems and to gather information from well-informed persons who might provide information and advice on political matters. He went down the seaboard and returned through the backcountry.
Having spent the night of June 3-4, 1791, in Caswell County, the north-western corner of which he had crossed, Washington noted that he "left Mr. Gatewoods about half after Six oclock--and between his house & the Ferry passed the line which divides the States of Virginia and No. Carolina." Safely across the line in his native state, the President dined at Nathanael Wilson's and then went on to Halifax to spend the night.
The Gatewood House was relocated to Hillsborough, NC by James Freeland in 1978 and is now part of a new development being constructed. The structure must be moved as soon as possible. The Meridian Community Foundation has permission to have it moved and restored on a 38 acre park 5 miles from its current location. We need your help to fund the deconstruction, moving, re-construction, permitting and restoration of this historic landmark.
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