Did George Washington really chop down a cherry tree when he was a young boy? When George Washington was about 8 years old he was a proud owner of a hachet. He went around chopping everything in his path. One day he was in his mother’s garden chopping at her pea sticks. When he spotted his father’s favorite cherry tree that he was very proud of. George started chopping away at the tree until he killed it. Later that day his father found out about the cherry tree. His father came into their house and was very angry. He asked George if he knew who killed his favorite cherry tree. George replied, ”I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie! I did cut it with my little hatchet.” His father was not mad at him anymore, he was actually happy that his son had told him the truth instead of him lying to his father. This story is a myth about George Washington’s childhood. Mason Locke Weems was the writer of this story. He wrote a book about George Washington’s life called “The Life of Washington.” In the book he wrote about George Washington and the cherry tree. Many think he wrote it to show the honesty of Washington. I think that this story has been around for a long time because it has been passed down in generations and generations. Also because it has been a popular story since Mason wrote it.