Martha Washington Obituary, June 9, 1802
Following Martha Washington's death on May 22, 1802 newspapers around the country eulogized her as "the worthy partner of the worthiest of men." This obituary appeared in the Augusta Herald, published in Georgia, on June 9, 1802.
Martha Washington’s Wedding Shoes
On her wedding day in 1759, Martha Dandridge Custis wore shoes of “purple sating with silver trimmings” along with a yellow dress. The craftsmanship and materials of her wedding attire were a reflection of her social and economic standing.
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.
Martha Washington postscript to George Washington, March 30, 1767
On March 30, 1767 Martha Washington included a short postscript in a letter Lund Washington sent to George Washington. This small note is one of the few existing pieces of correspondence between the Washingtons.
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".
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, though by appointment only.