Why did George Washington join the Revolution?
By looking at Washington’s own words we can find many clues as to why he supported the patriots during the Revolutionary War.
As we mark America's 250th anniversary, explore Mount Vernon's educational resources surrounding the birth of our nation.
Despite having little experience managing large, conventional armies, Washington proved to be a capable and resilient leader.Learn More
Declaration of Independence
Washington in the War
Timeline of the Revolution
Revolutionary War Battles
Marquis de Lafayette
George Washington fought the American Revolution for liberty and equality. But these principles did not yet apply to thousands of enslaved people of African descent.Learn More
Timeline: Slavery in the United States
Washington’s Changing Views on Slavery
Washington's Enslaved Valet, Billy Lee
African-Americans in the Revolutionary War
Researching Mount Vernon's Enslaved Community
Biographies of Mount Vernon's Enslaved
Intertwined: A 7-Episode Podcast Series
Discover paintings, prints, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metals, glass, textiles, tools, clothing, and personal accessories owned by or related to George and Martha Washington and their family. Pictured here is the harpsichord Washington purchased for his step-granddaughter Nelly Custis.
ARGO: American Revolutionary Geographies Online is an exciting project led by the Washington Library and the Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library. The site, currently in public beta, will collate digitized maps of North America made between 1740-1800 in a single, user-friendly portal alongside interpretive essays, curated collections, interactives, teaching materials and more.
Explore the Washington Library’s collection of digitized documents and photographs related to George and Martha Washington, their family, Mount Vernon, and the Mount Vernon Ladies’s Association.