Every child in America has heard the story of George Washington and his cherry tree, but few know the origin of the tale, and the controversy it stirred. The story is first attributed to Parson Weems, an author who published the tale in The Life of Washington in 1800. Weems claimed to have interviewed people who knew Washington as a child, and the legend of the cherry tree grew from there. Nearly 100 years later, Woodrow Wilson would write his own biography of Washington, and insisted that the cherry tree story was a myth. This came to be the general consensus over time, despite the fact that none of Washington’s relatives ever spoke out against its accuracy. Regardless, the story of Washington and his Cherry Tree has stood the test of time.

A never seen before reference to his cherry tree. Also a reproduction of 1939 Grant Wood painting entitled “Parson Weems Fable”.