The Fred W. Smith National Library
The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington is a new center for cutting-edge and compelling scholarship about George Washington, Colonial America, and the Revolutionary Era. Learn more about our research resources, facilities, and upcoming events.
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Where the Cherry Tree Grew:
An Interview with Phillip Levy
Mount Vernon recently had the opportunity to sit down with Phil Levy, author of Where the Cherry Tree Grew: The Story of Ferry Farm, George Washington’s Boyhood Home. Learn more about Washington’s early days in Fredericksburg, Virginia and about some of the myths that originated from this period.
Evening Book Talk
Join us for our monthly Evening Book Talk, which features authors and historians discussing their latest books about George Washington and our nation’s Founding era. Lectures are free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.
Washington's Presidential Cabinet
Dr. Doug Bradburn discusses the precedent-setting creation of President George Washington's cabinet. How did Washington expect this cabinet, originally made up of Jefferson, Hamilton, Knox, and Randolph, to function?
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The First State of the Union Address
On January 8, 1790, President George Washington delivered to Congress the first State of the Union address in American history. This precedent setting address presented defense, foreign policy, economic, education, and immigration related topics to gathered representatives and senators in Federal Hall, New York City.
News & Events
A Repository and a Retreat (Wall Street Journal)
Washington as Reader, Not Soldier (New York Times)
Video: In 2013, George Washington gets his own library (MSNBC)
New Acquisitions to the Fred W. Smith National Library
Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association Names Douglas Bradburn Library Director
Mount Vernon Raises $106.4 Million in Capital Campaign
More than 200 Years Later, George Washington Will Get His Library (CBS)
George Washington Book Prize of $50,000 Goes to Stephen Brumwell for George Washington: Gentleman Warrior