The Washingtons loved the arts and passed down their appreciation of music to their grandchildren, Nelly and Washy. While the Washington family was well known for their musical admiration, music was also very important to the enslaved community. Discover more about music here at Mount Vernon!

Music During the War

Music During the War

Music wasn’t just an “at home” activity: it was heavily used throughout the events of the American Revolution. The main instruments of the American army were the fife and drum. Click the link below to learn about how these instruments were used.

Music in the Revolutionary War

Fun Fact

Francis Hopkinson wrote a composition dedicated to George Washington in 1788

Read more about it

Discover the Harpsichord in this Virtual Tour

Nelly Custis' Passion for Music

Harpsichordist Dr. Joyce Lindorff talks about Nelly's passion for playing the harpsichord and piano and the importance of music in the Washington household.

Interested in playing the Harpischord?

Click the link to play the harpsichord just like a Washington!

Play the Harpsichord

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