On the evening of December 14, 1799 at Mount Vernon, George Washington passed away of a throat infection after riding through a wet and snowy wintery mix several days earlier. He was buried four days later on December 18 at the family vault at Mount Vernon.

Washington's Will

In his will, written several months before his death in December 1799, George Washington left directions for the emancipation of all the slaves that he owned, after the death of Martha Washington.

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Washington Resurrection?

Did you know there was an attempt to bring Washington back to life?  William Thornton, a friend and prominent physician, proposed a plan to "resuscitate" the recently deceased body.

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The Death of Washington

Those closest to him remember Washington upon his death.

The Tombs at Mount Vernon

Come visit the final resting place of George and Martha Washington.

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