A Fresh Take on History
Historian Alexis Coe served as a consulting producer on the Washington miniseries and recently published a new book on Washington that shakes up the genre of presidential biographies
Mount Vernon is privately owned and will remain open in the case of a government shutdown.
The three-night event premieres on February 16 at 8/7c and tells the story of how a young soldier full of personal ambition became a leader of men willing to sacrifice all for the common cause. How a once-loyal British subject rises to battle an empire in a liberty-or-death campaign to forge a new nation. Washington chips away the marble to reveal the man at the heart of our nation’s story.Learn More at History.com
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George Washington's experiences in his youth helped shape the man who would lead a revolution and become the first president of the United States.Learn More
Mary Ball Washington
Maps by Washington
Mount Vernon was the home of George Washington. It was also home to hundreds of enslaved men, women, and children.
He depended on their labor to build and maintain his household and plantation. They, in turn, found ways to survive in a world that denied their freedom. As a young man, Washington accepted slavery, but after the Revolutionary War, he began to question it. Washington avoided the issue publicly, believing that bitter debates over slavery could tear apart the fragile nation.
George Washington's career as a soldier began on the Virginia frontier, where, as a young colonial officer, he helped spark a war for empire that raged around the world.Learn More
Washington and the War
British and French Dominions
Journal of Major Washington
Proclamation Line of 1763
George Washington had a complicated relationship with Native Americans. He was born into a world in which native peoples were still major players in the Americas, despite having suffered through three centuries of European diseases, dispossession, and warfare. Throughout his life, Washington negotiated with and served alongside native peoples, fought against others, and sought their land for his own prosperity.
After the French and Indian War, George and Martha Washington married and spent much of their life at Mount Vernon. The couple oversaw the growth of the estate and raised Martha Washington's children. George Washington served in the Virginia House of Burgesses and as Vestrymen.Learn More
"Subject of Regret"
House of Burgesses
Robert Cary and Co
Despite having little practical experience in managing large, conventional armies, Washington proved to be a capable and resilient leader of the American military forces during the Revolutionary War.Learn More
Why Join the Revolution?
The British Are Coming
Crossing the Delaware
The British Side
Battle of the Chesapeake
City of New York
After defeating the British, the new nation struggled to stay together. Leaders knew they needed to find a way to bring the individual states together to build a prosperous nation.Learn More
Building the Constitution
Census of Enslaved
New and Accurate Map
Unanimously elected twice, President Washington established many crucial presidential precedents. Washington helped shape the office's future role and powers, as well as set both formal and informal precedents for future presidents.Learn More
State of the Union
First US Census
First First Lady
Plan for Washington, DC
Philadelphia City Plan
Act of Congress
On the evening of December 14, 1799, at Mount Vernon, George Washington passed away from a throat infection. He was buried a few days later in the family vault at Mount Vernon. In his will, written several months before his death, Washington left directions for the emancipation of all the slaves that he directly owned, after the death of Martha Washington.