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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1735/00/00 Augustine Washington Home Augustine Washington builds a one and one-half story farmhouse
1754/00/00 George Washington Home George Washington acquires Mount Vernon
1760/00/00 Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron Benefactor In the mid-1700s, George Washington receives an American Foxhound from Lord Fairfax, descended from those brought to the American colonies by Robert Brooke in 1650.
1784/00/00 Tobias Lear Employee Tobias Lear begins tutoring Martha Washington's grandchildren and working as George Washington's personal secretary.
1784/00/00 Gen Benjamin Lincoln Advisor Family friend of the Washingtons, Benjamin Lincoln, recommends his nephew, Tobias Lear, as tutor and secretary at Mount Vernon.
1785/00/00 Marquis de Lafayette Benefactor After hearing George Washington wants quicker hunting dog, Lafayette sends seven large French hounds across the Atlantic Ocean for breeding.
1786/00/00 George Washington Work George Washington breeds English foxhounds given to him by Lord Fairfax with the French hounds sent by Lafayette, furthering the creation of a new breed, the American Foxhound.
1789/04/14 George Washington President Secretary of Congress Charles Thomson arrives at Mount Vernon with John Langdon's announcement, Washington writes a formal letter of acceptance. Inauguration of the first President of the United States
1789/04/16 George Washington President General Washington leaves Mount Vernon and heads to New York City. Inauguration of the first President of the United States
1790/00/00 Marquis de Lafayette Life Gilbert du Motier sends the key to the Bastille, the notorious French prison, to George Washington. It is on display at Mt Vernon.
1798/00/00 George Washington Architect George Washington enlarges Mount Vernon into a 21 room mansion, 1754 to 1798
1799/07/09 Martha Washington Life Washington writes his own will providing for his wife Martha, forgiving debts owed to him by his brother Samuel's estate, educational loans given to Samuel's sons George and Lawrence, and loans to the estate of Martha's brother Bartholomew.
1799/12/14 Tobias Lear Washington's Secretary Washington tells Lear, "Do you arrange and record all my late military letters and papers. Arrange my accounts and settle my books, as you know more about them than anyone else, and let Mr Rawlins finish recording my other letters which he has begun." Death of George Washington
1799/12/14 Martha Washington Wife George has Martha bring his two wills from his study. After reviewing, Washington selects one and Martha burns the other. Death of George Washington
1799/12/14 Gustavus Richard Brown Doctor Lear sends for a second doctor, Dr Gustavus Brown of Port Tobacco who was known for his moderate treatments. Death of George Washington
1799/12/14 George Washington Died Attended by his wife who sat at the foot of the bed, Dr Craik and Tobias Lear, housemaids Caroline, Molly and Charlotte, and his valet Christopher Sheels, George Washington dies of acute epiglottitis in his bedchamber at Mount Vernon. Death of George Washington
1799/12/14 James Craik Doctor Dr Craik examines Washington and, in an attempt to balance the humors in Washington's body, induces a blister on his throat. Craik also bleeds Washington a second time and prescribes a mixture of vinegar and sage tea for gargling. Death of George Washington
1799/12/18 George Washington In Memoriam George Washington is interred in a private manner, without parade, or funeral Oration during a Masonic burial at Mount Vernon. Death of George Washington
1802/00/00 Bushrod Washington Home Bushrod Washington inherits Mount Vernon
1824/10/17 Marquis de Lafayette Guest of Honor Lafayette visits Mount Vernon and the tombs of George Washington and George Washington Parke Custis. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1825/08/00 Marquis de Lafayette Guest of Honor Gilbert du Motier's company returns to Mount Vernon. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1830/00/00 John Augustine Washington II Home John Augustine Washington II inherits Mr Vernon
1835/06/26 John Augustine Washington II Died John Augustine Washington II dies at in Mt Vernon, Virginia
1860/00/00 John Augustine Washington III Owner Mount Vernon Ladies' Association buys Mt Vernon mansion and 200 acres from John Augustine Washington III for $200,000.
1939/06/09 King George VI Guest With the grounds closed to the public, King George VI, a direct descendant of George III, lays a wreath upon Washington's sarcophagus. After the solemn presentation, the royal party are escorted through the Mansion and gardens. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth State Visit of Canada

Places

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PlaceAsNotedInType
George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill
  • NRHP

Data »

Particulars for Mount Vernon Estate, VA:
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Georgian Architecture
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Historic Use Secondary structure
Historic Use Single dwelling
Crime Slavery



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000833
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Washington,George
Architectural Style: Georgian
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military, Politics-government
Applicable Criteria: Person
Period of Significance: 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1752, 1799
Associated People: Washington,George
Historic Function: Domestic
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Secondary structure
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

Creative Works »

WorkTypeAsNotedInCreatorNote
Cinnabar: The One O'Clock Fox Book Marguerite Henry "Cinnabar: The One O'Clock Fox" is set at Mount Vernon, one day in April.

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