Nearly every United States president has paid a visit to George Washington's home. But especially in recent years, Mount Vernon has welcomed many First Ladies, too.

First Lady Melania Trump

First Lady Melania Trump in the Washington Library (MVLA)

February 2017

First Lady Melania Trump and Karen Pence, the Second Lady of the United States, visited the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

During the visit, the ladies were greeted by Mount Vernon's president Curt Viebranz and Vice Regent Gail Berry West. The FLOTUS delivered remarks and dined with the governors' spouses in the Library's Rubenstein Hall.

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First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama, her daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson, visited the Mount Vernon estate in early August 2009, following in the footsteps of presidential family members who have paid their respects to George Washington over a period of some 200 years.

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First Lady Laura Bush

The First Family celebrates George Washington's 275th Birthday (MVLA)

SPRING 2001 AND OTHER OCCASIONS

First Lady Laura Bush and President George W. Bush traveled to Mount Vernon on the federal holiday commemorating George Washington's 275th birthday.

Comparatively speaking, Mrs. Bush is a "Mount Vernon regular." When the Bush family lived in Northern Virginia in the late 1980s, Mrs. Bush and her daughters brought out-of-town friends to the estate "five or six times."

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First Lady Hillary Clinton

First Lady of the United States (1993-2001) with Mount Vernon President Jim Reese (MVLA)

February 1999

First Lady Hillary Clinton hosted a luncheon at Mount Vernon for the spouses of governors who had come to Washington D.C. for the annual meeting of the National Governors’ Association.

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First Lady Barbara Bush

First Lady Barbara Bush and Naina Yeltsin (MVLA)

June 1992

First Lady Barbara Bush accompanied Naina Yeltsin, wife of Russian president Boris Yeltsin, during the Yeltsins' official state visit to Washington on June 17, 1992.

While viewing the Washington bedroom, Mrs. Yeltsin was particularly interested to learn that it was Martha Washington, not her husband, who ordered the extra-long bed. And in the study, after Miss Meadows pointed out the table on which George and Martha Washington had their wedding breakfast.

Mrs. Bush remarked to Mrs. Yeltsin "I read in the paper that when you were married, you didn't have a table." Mrs. Yeltsin nodded, and Mrs. Bush added, "They were lucky."

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First Lady Rosalynn Carter

First Lady of the United States (1977-1981) (MVLA)

September 1977

First Lady Rosalyn Carter accompanied a group of wives of Latin American dignitaries to Mount Vernon on September 8, 1977. The ladies and their husbands were in Washington for the signing of the Panama Canal Treaty.

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First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy with President Mohammad Ayub Khan of Pakistan and his daughter, Begum Nasir Akhtar Aurangzeb (MVLA)

1961 and 1962

President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy hosted a state dinner at Mount Vernon in Honor of Muhammad Ayub Khan, President of Pakistan.  It was Jacqueline Kennedy's idea to host the dinner at Mount Vernon. The heads of state and guests dined under a tent overlooking the Potomac, in the first and only state dinner to take place outside of Washington, DC.

Mr. President, we feel a special satisfaction because you are our guest tonight and because we feel that what Mount Vernon stands for is understood by you. Mount Vernon means to us not merely a beautiful home, but it also is, we hope, the symbol of the United States--in the past, the present, and we hope the future.

John F. Kennedy's Toast to President Ayub Khan of Pakistan

In addition to her much-heralded state dinner at Mount Vernon for Pakistani President Ayub Khan in 1961, she also came out to the estate the following year, just to have a peaceful place to ride her horse.

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Martha Washington, The First First Lady

Just as her husband realized that his every action might set a precedent for future presidents, so was Martha Washington aware that her behavior as first lady would become the template for the wives of future chief executives.

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First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Mrs. Roosevelt came out to Mount Vernon many times during her husband's presidency. One highlight was her 1939 visit with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

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