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} Mar 13, National Mall and Memorial Parks."Father, I Can Not Tell a Lie: I Cut the Tree," Engraving by John C. McRae, Few figures in American history are surrounded by myth as George Washington: he had wooden teeth, he was so strong he could throw a silver dollar across the Potomac, or that he wore a wig. What is perhaps the most enduring tale is he chopped down a cherry tree when. Washington's World Colonial Music Institute Quotes."Father, I Can Not Tell a Lie: I Cut the Tree," engraving by John C.
McRae, 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.
The famous story of a young George Washington cutting down a cherry tree with his hatchet has captured the imagination of generations. Mason Locke Weems’ biography, The Life Brookeville MD Washington, was first published in and was an instant bestseller. However the cherry tree myth did not appear until the book’s fifth edition, published in Feb 22, Its most famous anecdote, routinely dismissed by modern scholars, involves a chopped down cherry tree, and a brave confession of the deed by the culprit, 6-year-old George Washington.
George chopped at the cherry tree. The blade dug into the tree trunk, but pulled free easily. Why, it would take just a few strokes of his hatchet to cut the tree down! George chopped until the tree fell. George looked proudly at the fallen tree. Then he remembered how much his father liked the cherry tree. And he remembered how his father. Sep 04, The story goes that a young George Washington was about six years old when he was given a hatchet that he enthusiastically used to chop at just about anything in sight.
One morning, he even chopped at a cherry tree, eventually cutting it down.
When confronted about it by his father, George hesitated but told his father, “I cannot tell a lie.”.