January 1, 1942

Despite travel difficulties in the Washington D.C. area following American entrance into World War II, distinguished guests and other world leaders continued to visit Mount Vernon.

One of the first prominent visitors during this chaotic time was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who came to Mount Vernon on January 1, 1942, accompanied by President Franklin Roosevelt, the British Ambassador to the United States Lord Halifax, and other officials.

Winston Churchill arrived at Mount Vernon on President Roosevelt's presidential yacht, the USS Sequoia (JFK Presidential Library)

After placing a wreath at George Washington's tomb, the group went to the mansion where both Churchill and Roosevelt signed the guest book.

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