George Washington’s father, Augustine, build the one and one-half story farmhouse in 1735. When Lawrence Washington, George’s half-brother, acquired the house, know as the Little Hunting Creek Plantation. After Lawrence inherited the property in 1743, he changed the name to Mount Vernon in honor of Admiral Edward Vernon, Lawrence’s commanding officer during the War of Jenkins’ Ear. George Washington began leasing the property in 1754, two years after his half-bother’s death from the widow of Lawrence Washington, Ann. Only after her death in 1761, did the estate become the future president’s. By then, he had already overseen the two large expansions to mansion to create the 21-room residence we know today. The first in 1758 to add an additional story to the house. The second expansion added the north and south wings in 1774.
When George Washington passed away on December 14, 1799, it was at the mansion. He was surrounded by his wife, his friend Dr. Craik and others. Four days later, his funeral was held at Mount Vernon.
Had the pleasure of visiting George Washington’s Mount Vernon with the kids this past week. Having never been, it was quite something to visit this historic place for the first time. It’s well worth seeing the “We Fight to Be Free” in the Ford Orientation Center. Sparked some interesting discussions about history, heroism, slavery, and irony. The grounds and the Mansion of Mount Vernon is beautifully maintained by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
The end to a magnificent sunset over the Horsetooth Reservoir outside of Loveland, Colorado. Just a few minutes earlier, it looks like something out of a fantasy movie, think Lord of the Rings and Mordor. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a place to pull the car over, so I had to settle for this.