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George Washington~Pioneer Farmer

Mount Vernon was the home of George and Martha Washington for the time of their marriage from 1759 till his death 1799. Despite long absences for military and public service. Washington diligently expanded his plantation from 2,000 to 8,000 acres and the Mansion house from six rooms to twenty one.

He acquired Mount Vernon in 1754. During the next 45 years he greatly expanded his home to reflect his status as a Virginia gentleman, personally overseeing every detail of design, constrution, and decoration, even when away at war. Vibrant wall color demonstrate the Washingtons wealth and style.

George Washington was born in 1732 into a Virginia planter family, he learned the morals, manners, and body of knowledge requisite for an 18th century Virginia gentleman. He pursued two intertwined interests: military arts and western expansion. At 16 he helped survey Shenandoah lands for Thomas, Lord Fairfax. Commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754. As an aide in 1754 to Gen. Edward Braddock, he escaped injury although four bullets ripped his coat and two horses were shot from under him. May 1775, Washington, one of the Virginia delegates, was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. On April 30, 1789, George Washington, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. "As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent," he wrote James Madison, "it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles." After only three years of retirement at Mount Vernon, he died of a throat infection December 14, 1799. Martha sealed off the room and never entered it again.http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington

  • Last visit to Mount Vernon: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 2, 2011
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    I do love to visit the homes of famous people! Although with those crowds of visitors snaking through it must be a little hard to "feel" yourself back into Washington's time? The grounds, slave quarters, farms etc here seem more interesting to me. The forest trail looks lovely too - and more peaceful than elsewhere

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    Nov 6, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Dee, what a pleasure to read your detailed reviews of the places you saw at Mt. Vernon. I went in 1995 prior to my time on VT...your well executed presentation sure brought back great memories. Thanks.

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    I finally visited Mt Vernon this spring. Only took 55 years :) I was very impressed with both the quality of the preservation and the insight it gave into the mind and like of our first president. Good page here!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Dee, I see Mount Vernon is worth a visit indeed....Thanks for your thorough work making this presentation! Fantastic!~

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2011 at 4:53 AM

    Interesting tips! They seem to have upgraded the visitors’ facilities quite a bit since I was there with my family in 1981. I had forgotten that George Washington was such a dedicated farmer who was very interested in modern agricultural methods. (Like the Giuseppe Verdi, by the way, who considered himself a farmer first and a composer second.)

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    I loved your page, nice place!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    A very interesting page with great historical aspects concerning George Washington. I would like to to show respect to his tomb as well... Thank you Dee for sharing.


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