Mount Vernon was General Washington’s home for over 45 years. He loved Mount Vernon. Over the years, he carefully planned the buildings and landscape of his home. General Washington enjoyed quiet evenings on the piazza overlooking the Potomac River. One of Martha’s grandchildren, Nelly, often played music for him and his guests. This peaceful life lasted less than three years. After riding through a bad winter storm, General Washington caught a cold. His throat became infected making it difficult to breathe. On December 14, 1799, at the age of 67, George Washington died from this infection called quinsy. As he wished, he was buried at Mount Vernon.
“And now, Almighty Father, if it is Thy holy will that we shall obtain a place and name among the nations of the earth, grant that we may be enabled to show our gratitude for Thy goodness by our endeavors to fear and obey Thee. Bless us with Thy goodness by our counsels, success in battle, and let all our victories be tempered with humanity. Endow, also, our enemies with enlightened minds, that they become sensible of their injustice, and willing to restore our liberty and peace. Grant the petition of Thy servant, for the sake of Him whom Thou hast called Thy beloved Son; nevertheless, not my will, but Thine be done.” ~ George Washington (1779)
The Washington’s greet you as you enter the estate. George Washington never had any of his own children. He immediately fell in love with Martha’s children and raised them as his own.
Stained glass of the famous portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas in 1776.
Entrance to Mt. Vernon
An absolutely beautiful home, set on even more beautiful property overlooking the Potomac River.
Mt. Vernon in the winter time.
A closer look will reveal that the “stone” that makes up the outer portion of the home was not actually stone. It was wood made to look like stone. Even Washington himself knew how to save some money 🙂
Some of our students enter the dining room. The front door is off to the right. Not used during the tour.
The Potomac side of the home.
Washington’s view from his back porch. Not bad huh?!
A look down the Potomac from the river front property of Mt. Vernon
According to Washington’s will, he desired to be entombed at Mt. Vernon. His wife Martha is next to him, along with various members of his extended family all around. “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
General Washington. Inscribed on the back of the tomb, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25,26)
This may sound odd, but this was one of my greatest moments. I was given the opportunity to step inside the tomb and stand next to the greatest American.