Thursday, February 21, 2008

George Washington

When George Washington and a number of noteworthy men of his time were selecting a site for the Capitol of the United States, they visited Hagerstown, MD. Persons in the company who were responsible for the entertainment of the company called at the house of Christian Ebersole, a Brethren farmer, and desired to make preparations there for George Washington and the others to dine.

Mr. Ebersole modestly suggested some other place, that of a more distinguished man ... but George Washington had heard something of Mr. Ebersole and desired to make his house his stopping-place.

The traveling company had its own cooks and many of the conveniences needed for the preparation of the dinner. There were some things, however, they desired the family to furnish, and these were at once supplied. Ebersole's daughter later remembered and passed on the story in which the company partook of the dinner and they way they conducted themselves at the table. When they were seated, some thirty or more in number, Washington said grace, and there was no levity at the table ... When the company was about to leave, the proper person asked for the bill, but he was told that the honor of entertaining such a company was sufficient compensation. He, however, took out a ten dollar gold piece, and when it was refused, it was thrown down with the remark, "Give it to the girls."

And that's the way it was - the day George Washington came to dinner with the Brethren.

Adapted from Preaching in a Tavern