Did Washington chop down a cherry tree?
- sirbobby98121Lv 76 months ago
A Washington version of a parable.
- bluLv 76 months ago
"Father, I Can Not Tell a Lie: I Cut the Tree," engraving by John C. McRae, 1867. The cherry tree myth is the most well-known and longest enduring legend about George Washington. In the original story, when Washington was six years old he received a hatchet as a gift and damaged his father's cherry tree.
- ocularnervosaLv 76 months ago
Nope, that was a story made up by Mason Locke Weems as a parable about honesty. Ironic there.
- Anonymous6 months ago
I wouldn’t be surprised if he really did at some point in his life. They are popularly grown in the Virginia region. But the whole tale of him chopping one down as a kid and not lying about it is made up purely for the sake of being a moral lesson.