George Washington died in his bedchamber at Mount Vernon on December 14, 1799, and in his will he directed that he be buried on his beloved Mount Vernon estate. He also selected a site for a new brick tomb to replace the original family burial vault which was deteriorating. The new tomb was finally built in 1831, and Washington’s body was transferred along with the remains of Martha Washington and other family members. In 1837 John Struthers, a marble mason from Philadelphia, carved and presented the marble sarcophagi which hold the remains of George and Martha Washington. Twenty-five members of the Washington family are interred in an inner vault while three family members are buried beside the New Tomb. Two obelisks in front of the tomb memorialize Washington family members who owned and lived at Mount Vernon during the first part of the nineteenth century.
George Washington's will directed the building of a new tomb at Mount Vernon. Learn more about the tomb where his body lies today.
Throughout its history as a cultural shrine, Mount Vernon has been the site of numerous visits from prominent politicians, heads of state, and world leaders. Learn more about some of the more famous visitors.
George Washington was a pivotal figure in American history. Upon his death on December 14, 1799, his family, his nation, and the world mourned the loss of a man whose character and leadership were fundamental to establishing a nation.
Learn more about the causes and circumstances of George Washington's passing. Despite the great attention and care of his attending physicians Washington died on December 14, 1799.