The question of whether Washington actually visited Headquarters has bedeviled local historians for decades. The source of the controversy was Fanny Carrell, who was interviewed by Charles W. Opdycke, for his well-known Opdyke Genealogy sometime around 1880 [pg 218-19]. Frances ‘Fanny’ Opdycke was the wife of James Carrell, and he was the grandson of Elizabeth Opdycke Arnwine, daughter of old John Opdycke Esq. Continue reading »
HEADQUARTERS, once also known as Grover, has a long history, going back to the 1730s when the area was first being settled. Samuel Green acquired hundreds of acres here, around 1710, and provided his daughters and their families with large plantations of their own, in particular, John Opdycke and wife Margaret Green.