By the time of his death George Washington was one of the wealthiest men in the United States. He could not have accomplished that without his slave population. He had 4 out-laying farms, as well as a gristmill and distillery. In the education center I learned that at the peak of all of his operations his slaves numbered 600. They worked in the fields as well as the mansion, which had 30 fireplaces that needed chopped wood. In the last posting I mentioned that he was constantly hosting many guests who stayed for extended periods of time. That meant a lot of laundry to be done. One interpretive marker noted that the laundry house was "hot, dangerous, and difficult". Slaves carried 25-30 buckets of water a day for each load. Irons had to be heated in a fire, large wooden mangles were also used for pressing the laundry. Record has it that Vina and Dolsey were two of the slave washerwomen who worked here six days a week. A replica of the laundry house is pictured below.