A self-taught leader
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro
photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Jerry Holsworth, a self-taught George Washington scholar, Thursday night lectured on his hero as a surveyor, militia officer and young entrepreneur on the American frontier to about 25 members and guests of the Allison-Antrim Museum.
Holsworth, 49, manages the George Washington Office Museum in Winchester, Va., where the nation's first president spent many of his younger years. Holsworth's remarks focused on Washington's early career on the Virginia and Pennsylvania frontier and his service during the French and Indian War. Holsworth credits Washington with starting the war when he ambushed a squad of French soldiers in Jumonville Glen, Pa.
"He was young, 21. He was daring, bold and brave, and became well-known before the French and Indian War was over," Holsworth said.