Martha Washington was the first first lady of the United States and spent about half of the Revolutionary War at the front with General Washington. She helped manage and run her husbands' estates and raised her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Early Life

Early Life

Martha Dandridge was the eldest daughter of John Dandridge and Frances Jones, she grew up at Chestnut Grove, in New Kent County, Virginia. 

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The Fascinating Life of Martha Washington

From her birth to her death, Martha Washington lived a fascinating life.

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Religion

Religion

Martha Washington was a devout Christian, her granddaughter Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis Lewis noted that she “never omitted her private devotions, or her public duties…"

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Mrs. Washington at the Front

Mrs. Washington at the Front

Martha Washington's presence at the Continental Army’s winter encampments not only helped to encourage George Washington but also boosted the morale of the entire camp.

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Family

While George and Martha Washington never had any children together, they helped raise many at Mount Vernon.

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The Deaths of the Washingtons

The Deaths of the Washingtons

When the president retired from public life, Martha Washington hoped for many years with her husband at Mount Vernon. However, within about five years both George and Martha Washington would die. 

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Ten Facts about Martha Washington

Do you know these facts about Mrs. Washington's life?

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Martha Washington Lesson Plans

Martha Washington Lesson Plans

A series of lesson plans that uses Martha Washington as a case study to integrate women's history into the events of the American Revolution and the New Nation historical eras.

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Shoe Shopping

Shoe Shopping

Martha Washington possessed an impressive shoe collection which would have been far above the norm in the founding era – in England or America.

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Key Facts about Martha Washington

Mrs. Washington was born in 1731 Martha Dandridge and was the oldest of eight children.

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Teach Women in 18th Century

Explore the roles and experiences of women, both enslaved and free in the 1700s.

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