Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796
Published in a Philadelphia newspaper on September 19, 1796, Washington used his Farewell Address to outline his advice to the new nation as he prepared to leave the presidency after two terms.
Considered the most accurate likeness of George Washington, this bust was created in 1785 by the French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. Houdon spent two weeks at Mount Vernon studying Washington. Since its creation, the bust has never left Mount Vernon.
George Washington to Edward Carrington, May 1, 1796
This letter to Virginia statesman Edward Carrington, dated May 1, 1796 provides a glimpse into Washington’s mindset regarding the Jay Treaty.
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.
Open 365 Days a Year, Mount Vernon is located just 15 miles south of Washington DC.
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Discover what made Washington "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen".
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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, though by appointment only.