Talk with the people who knew George Washington best. See the General through the eyes of his family, friends, hired staff, and enslaved workers.

Add to Calendar 05/29/2021 10:00:00 05/29/2021 14:00:00 America/New_York Meet People from Washington's World

Talk with the people who knew George Washington best. See the General through the eyes of his family, friends, hired staff, and enslaved workers.

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Gain a New Perspective on the General

Join a character interpreter to hear their first-person recounting of life at Mount Vernon. Learn about their daily lives and ask them questions about their 18th-century world.

Characters vary daily. The program is free with general admission. No additional ticket is required.

Meet Mrs. Washington

Meet Mrs. Washington

Listen to stories from the woman who knew George Washington best - his wife, Martha. Martha Washington will regale you with tales of what it was like being married to our first president, hosting guests at Mount Vernon, living in the eighteenth century - and much more!

A Conversation with Frank Lee

A Conversation with Frank Lee

Join Frank Lee, the enslaved butler to George Washington, in a conversation about his life, family, and experiences inside the Mansion. Frank Lee was purchased by George Washington in 1768. As the enslaved butler of the Mansion, Frank supervised the cleaning of the house, oversaw the tableware, waited on the Washington family at meals, and looked after the estate’s many dogs.

A-Dressing the Nation

A-Dressing the Nation

In the Washingtons' world, how one dressed conveyed messages about the wearer. Learn about the manners and fashions of polite society in the 18th century from General Washington's personal secretary, Tobias Lear.

Mate Masie

Mate Masie

Mate Masie means, "what I hear, I keep."

Throughout history, the enslaved people in North America passed down stories, lessons, and warnings through oral tradition. Song served as a tool for those in bondage to express their faith, carry out their work, and lament their pain. During this program, Brenda Parker serves as the griot, or oral historian, who shares the origins of many songs of the enslaved community and teaches visitors about their daily lives.

Revolutionary War Medicine

Revolutionary War Medicine

Listen to Dr. James Craik, Physician General of the United States and George Washington's friend, discuss the medical practice of the Revolutionary War and the tools used by doctors in the 18th century.

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