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Washington at the Plow: The Founding Father and the Question of Slavery

BOOK REVIEW: Washington at the Plow: The Founding Father and the Question of Slavery by Bruce A. Ragsdale (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2021)... The post Washington at the Plow: The Founding Father and the Question of Slavery appeared first...

A Video Tour of Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon was George Washington’s lifetime project, from his inheritance of the property in the mid-1700s until his death in 1799. It was his prized... The post A Video Tour of Mount Vernon appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Rockingham, Washington’s Headquarters, 1783

George Washington slept here. After the commander in chief was summoned to Princeton, New Jersey during the summer of 1783, and finding no rooms... The post Rockingham, Washington’s Headquarters, 1783 appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Holiday Entertainments at Mount Vernon

Now that December is here it’s time to look into some holiday entertainments that are not only timely but informative. Depend on Mount Vernon to present an array of interesting seasonal programs. Plan a visit around those that appeal. On view until...
From: In the Words of Women on 2 Dec 2019

Catharine Macaulay’s Difficult Years, 1778–1787

Between 1775 and 1784 Catharine Macaulay’s social and personal life was one traumatic event after another. She accepted the invitation from Rev. Dr. James... The post Catharine Macaulay’s Difficult Years, 1778–1787 appeared first on...

Major Lawrence Washington of Mount Vernon

Much has been written about George Washington’s lack of formal education and his eager grasp of learning from other men, especially those of status... The post Major Lawrence Washington of Mount Vernon appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington 1731-1802 At Home & At Military Camps

MW 1796 Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828). Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731-1802)  (Daniel Parke Custis) (George Washington)Martha Dandridge's first husband was a man much older than herself & her second was almost a year younger. Before she...
From: 18th-century American Women on 28 Dec 2018

George & Martha held a constant Open House at Mount Vernon

Palmy Days at Mount Vernon by Thomas Rossiter, 1866 (On the east lawn of Mount Vernon) Until the end he & Mrs. Washington kept open house, & what a galaxy of company they had! Scarcely a day passed without some guest crossing their hospitable...
From: 18th-century American Women on 13 Nov 2018

Martha Washington’s Recipes

GEORGE and MARTHA WASHINGTON entertained a good deal—at the presidential residences in New York and Philadelphia and, of course, at Mount Vernon where they always welcomed a stream of visitors. Although Martha Washington undoubtedly owned several...
From: In the Words of Women on 21 Nov 2017

A woman rediscovered in a false-bottomed trunk

ELIZABETH WILLING POWEL (1730-1830) and her husband Samuel entertained lavishly in Philadelphia during the late colonial and early national era. In the Mount Vernon digital encyclopedia Elizabeth is referred to as the city’s “premiere Saloniste.”...
From: In the Words of Women on 22 Aug 2017

“the Blacks are so bad in their nature”

FANNY BASSETT WASHINGTON did marry Tobias Lear. (See previous post in which she solicited Martha Washington’s advice on Lear’s proposal.) Fanny continued to carry out Martha’s instructions about work to be done at Mount Vernon before...
From: In the Words of Women on 27 Jul 2017

“clanse the House from the garret to the sellers”

MARTHA WASHINGTON certainly knew exactly what she wanted to have done at Mount Vernon before she and the President arrived in the summer of 1792. The following letter to FANNY BASSETT WASHINGTON is full of instructions. The “Major” is George...
From: In the Words of Women on 20 Jul 2017

“let me know if you are in a certain way”

Martha Washington’s surviving correspondence includes more letters to her niece FANNY BASSETT WASHINGTON than anyone else. At this point Fanny had married George Washington’s nephew, George Augustine. They were in residence at Mount Vernon,...
From: In the Words of Women on 18 Jul 2017

“I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else”

It was not only George Washington who gave money, advice and assistance to various members of his extended family—see previous posts about Harriot Washington—but also his wife MARTHA WASHINGTON who did the same for her needy relatives. FRANCES...
From: In the Words of Women on 10 Jul 2017

“It is the easiest instrument to learn on”

In answer to George Washington’s letter (see previous post) HARRIOT WASHINGTON thanks him for his advice and promises to learn to be a help to her cousin Fanny Bassett Washington, the wife of George Washington’s nephew, George Augustine Washington,...
From: In the Words of Women on 22 Jun 2017

Teacher's Institute: Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century

I was fortunate to spend time with a talented group of educators for an immersive, residential teacher's institute at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. As the lead scholar for the program "Martha Washington...
From: SilkDamask on 15 Apr 2017

“the ostrich feathers . . . took fire”

When the widowed Martha Dandridge Custis married George Washington she brought her two children to live at Mount Vernon: John “Jacky” and Martha “Patsy.” Sadly, her daughter died of consumption in 1773. Jacky was a bit wild, married...
From: In the Words of Women on 15 Feb 2016

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