This Day in History: George Washington starts a war. Sort of.

On this day in 1754, a young George Washington experiences his first combat. Did you know that he was involved in an incident that helped to trigger the French and Indian War? The dispute then centered on the Ohio Country. Who would own and control that land? The French? Or the English? A young George […]

This Day in History: Washington refuses the title of “King.” Again.

On this day in 1782, George Washington receives an effusive apology from one of his soldiers. That man had seemingly implied that George Washington should assume the title of King. Washington was appalled! He squashed the idea immediately. “[N]o occurrence in the course of the War,” Washington wrote, “has given me more painful sensations than […]

This Day in History: Martha Washington passes away

On this day in 1802, Martha Washington passes away. Her family mourned her passing, but Martha herself was ready to go. She would finally join her beloved George! His death in December 1799 had been very hard on her. “The zest of life has departed,” one visitor to Mount Vernon would observe of her afterwards. […]

This Day in History: President George Washington is inaugurated

On this day in 1789, George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States. The inauguration occurred in New York: There was no such thing as Washington, D.C. back then. Thus, on the morning of April 30, citizens in New York awoke to a salute of thirteen guns and the peal of […]

This Day in History: The Daughter of Mount Vernon

On this day in 1779, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis is born. She has been called the “Daughter of Mount Vernon,” because she was raised by Martha and George after her father passed away. Nelly’s birthday offers an opportunity to get a glimpse into the softer side of General Washington. Nelly was his step-granddaughter. George Washington […]