ARCHIVE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S WRITINGS ON BERKELEY SPRINGS & VICINITY: 1748
Washington was 16 years old on this trip, his first onto the frontier. He accompanied a surveying crew employed by Thomas Lord Fairfax which included Fairfax's nephew, George William. Washington began his diary on this trip; a journal he would keep his entire life and would eventually include 8 volumes.
3/18/48 -- GWD
"We travell'd up about 35 miles to Thomas Barwicks on Potomack where we found y. river so excessively high by reason of y. great rains that had fallen up about y. Allegany Mountains as they told us which was then bringing down melted snow and that it would not be fordable for severall days. It was then above six foot higher than usual and was rising. We agreed to stay till Monday. We this day call'd to see y. Fam'd Warm Springs. We camped out in y. field this night. Nothing remarkable happen'd till Sunday y. 20th."
3/20/48 -- GWD
"Finding y. river not much abated we in y. evening swam our horses over and carried them to Charles Polks in Maryland for pasturage till y. next morning."