Wilson brings Washington to Grantville
by Lindy Oller
The Fourth of July is a day that is remembered for the actions that were taken by our Founding Fathers in order for America to become a free nation.
David Wilson, an actor as well as a playwright and author, portrayed George Washington, one of our Founding Fathers and the first president of the United States, on the nation’s 238th birthday. Wilson’s one-man, one-act play was performed Friday at 4 p.m.
The performance was held at the John C. Meadows log cabin in the park on Colley Street. Some of Wilson’s ancestors once lived in the cabin.
The cabin is one of Coweta County’s oldest surviving dwellings. It was moved to Grantville when I-85 was built.
Wilson performed in colonial attire and spoke about the founding father from Washington’s perspective.
“I love my country and I enjoy playing George Washington,” he said. Wilson has been performing in Grantville since 2006. He first portrayed Washington in a longer play – which he also wrote – called “America the Great.” The Grantville native and lifelong resident of the town has been staging the one-man show for about four years.
“I wanted to do something for Grantville,” said Wilson.
The patriotism that Wilson has for his country was influenced by his parents, Leonard and Gene Smith Wilson. “My parents were very patriotic,” the actor said.
Wilson talked about the importance of religion in the American Revolution. “Our victory would not have been possible without the Lord,” said Wilson.
An appreciative audience enjoyed the play, sitting in chairs provided by McKoon Funeral Home.
Wilson is not putting away his George Washington outfit just yet. He will be reading an excerpt from Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address at the Celebration of Freedom today at 11 a.m. at Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak.