To George Washington, learning about the world around him was very important. Washington ordered his terrestrial globe in 1789 during his first year as president. The English-made globe arrived the following year, and Washington consulted it throughout his presidency until retiring with it to Mount Vernon in 1797.
The globe is recognized today as one of a few items that has always remained at Mount Vernon. It has been meticulously restored and is on permanent display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum.