The Surveyors Historical Society – and the Virginia Association of Surveyors – held the RENDEZVOUS ’07, this September 13 through 15, 2007 at
George Washington’s Birthplace, Westmoreland County, Virginia.
One of the most thoroughly enjoyable and educational surveyors’ events of any year, the
national SHS Rendezvous is held at a different location around the country each fall. There
have been outstanding past Rendezvous in Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania,
Washington state, Illinois and Indiana to name a few. This year we Rendezvous again in the
Old Dominion – on the occasion of Virginia’s 400th Anniversary.
was a celebration – and examination – of George Washington’s long
career as a land surveyor . . . from his earliest training at age 14, to his duties as an appointed
Virginia County Surveyor, to his work for Lord Fairfax in Virginia’s western mountains, to his
explorations and surveys throughout the distant Ohio Territory on behalf of his army veterans, to
his key role in mapping the new Nation’s Capital, to his very last survey done the month he died.
In all, George Washington conducted more than 200 land surveys that have survived, done
across half a century from 1747 to 1799.
featured lectures on Land Surveyor George Washington, colonial
surveying campsites, the Revolutionary War Army “Geographers” who made General
Washington’s maps, hands-on displays of antique surveying equipment, the annual SHS picnic
(graciously sponsored this year by Virginia Association of Surveyors), an “Antiques
Roadshow” and Swap Meet with old time survey artifacts of every description, tours of the
National Park Service historic site, a re-enactment or retracement of George Washington’s very
first land survey – done on the lands of his birth as a training exercise in 1747 – an entertaining
auction and a closing Saturday evening banquet (complete with tour) was enjoyed by all at Stratford Hall, Robert
E. Lee’s ancestral estate, seven miles away.