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Fredericksburg  

Sundial 193
State/Province:  Virginia Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Condition:  Poor
Latitude:   38° 18' N Longitude:   77° 27' W
Location:
  • Garden of Mary Washington House
    West corner of Lewis and Charles Streets. Must get through the house from main door on Charles Street.
 
Description:
  • A 7 inch diameter brass horizontal dial with 3.5 inch high brass gnomon on a weathered octagonal stone pedestal. Reported to be contemporary with Mary Ball Washington's occupancy of this house in the 1780s. Dial sits atop a stone pillar.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Mary Washington House trustees
  • Designer:
  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: ca 1780
 
References:
  • T.G.W.Henslow, Ye Sundial Book, 1915, has a rather poor drawing of this dial