George Washington to Martha Washington, June 23, 1775
George Washington wrote this letter to his wife, Martha before departing Philadelphia for the American camp in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The letter reveals the private side of Washington, a side rarely seen in his daily correspondence. After his death in 1799, Martha Washington destroyed all the letters written between herself and her husband. This letter is one of three that survive.
George Washington’s Field Bedstead
George Washington’s campaign furniture not only provided him the comforts of home while at war, but also attested to his rank in the Army. This hinged bedstead easily folds for portability.
Journal of Major George Washington
Written in 1754, this journal details the exploits of George Washington as a young 22 year old Major and his role in the beginning of the French and Indian War.
Washington family tradition maintains that this military sash was given to George Washington by General Edward Braddock after the ill-fated Battle of the Monongahela in July 1755. Washington was the only member of Braddock’s staff who was not injured or killed during the battle.
George Washington to Benjamin Tallmadge, April 8, 1781
In 1781 George Washington wrote to Benjamin Tallmadge about the feasibility of launching a daring raid across the Long Island Sound.
Discover the Home of George and Martha Washington
Open 365 days a year, Mount Vernon is located just 15 miles south of Washington DC.
There's So Much to See
From the mansion to lush gardens and grounds, intriguing museum galleries, immersive programs, and the distillery and gristmill. Spend the day with us!
Farmer, Soldier, Statesman, and Husband
Discover what made Washington "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen".
Did You Know?
The Mount Vernon Ladies Association has been maintaining the Mount Vernon Estate since they acquired it from the Washington family in 1858.
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The Library of the First President
The Washington Library is open to all researchers and scholars, by appointment only.