Thursday, January 01, 1942
Despite travel difficulties in the Washington, D.C., area following American entrance into World War II, distinguished guests and other world leaders continued to visit Mount Vernon.
One of the first prominent visitors during this chaotic time was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who visited Washington, D.C., to meet with President Roosevelt and discuss the Allies’ plan for the war. Churchill visited Mount Vernon on January 1, 1942, accompanied by President Franklin Roosevelt, the British Ambassador to the United States Lord Halifax, and other officials.
After placing a wreath at George Washington's Tomb, the group went to the Mansion where both Churchill and Roosevelt signed the guest book.
Overall, Churchill stayed for three weeks at the White House, even celebrating Christmas with the Roosevelts. His overall trip to the U.S. was immensely important to the war efforts of both countries.