New Evidence Tells Truth of George Washington’s Cherry Tree Tale

The iconic 1939 painting by artist Grant Wood, showed Parson Weems lifting a curtain on the famous scene to suggest it was entirely a myth. The iconic boy in the tri-cornered hat with hatchet was always a hit in the era when George Washington’s Birthday was a national holiday celebrated with cards, parties and parades. For generations, American school children hung classrooms with red-paper hatchets and cherries to honor the first President on his February 22 birthday. Through all those years, kids were told George Washington couldn’t tell a lie and when asked by his father Augustine who had “barked” a cherry tree, the six-year

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