Tradition holds that this room was used by Martha Washington's granddaughter, Nelly Custis Lewis, who lived at Mount Vernon from early childhood.

The room dates to the 1758–59 enlargement of the house, and many of the wooden elements, including the mantel, trim, floors, and closet shelves, are original.

Nelly married General Washington's nephew Lawrence Lewis at Mount Vernon on February 22, 1799—the president's last birthday. The couple lived at Mount Vernon while construction of their home, Woodlawn, three miles away, was underway. Their first child, a daughter named Frances, was born on November 27, 1799, little more than two weeks before Washington's death on December 14, 1799. Nelly remained confined to her room and was unable to attend her step-grandfather's funeral.

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