Master of Mount Vernon

A glance through George’s diary entries in 1768 and 1769 alone suggests that in the run up to the Revolution, he was a more avid hunter and fisher than he had ever been. On February 24, 1768, he wrote, “Went a ducking between breakfast and dinner and killed 2 Mallards and 5 bald faces.” He had time on his hands to renew his friendship with Lord Fairfax, who often came out for the hunt in the company of his nephew and friend George William. On six occasions between November 15 and November 29, 1768, he hunted with the seventy-five-year-old Fairfax, whom he still referred to as “My Lord.” On the fifteenth, he noted, “Went a Fox hunting in the Neck. Catch’d a bitch fox—after an hour and 40 min chase.” Later in the month, George dined with Sally, her husband, and a guest visiting from England. Through his agent in London, he sent away for a new hunting horn in July 1769. He stipulated that the horn, which is now on display daily at Mount Vernon along with his riding crop and spurs, be “bound tight and round.”

George astride one of several white stallions he owned through the years. As he had studied comportment at a young age, George would become the consummate actor on the stage of American history – and eventually the world’s most famous man in his own time.

The view from the farm of Mount Vernon in early Autumn. The manicured lawn runs up to the mansion beneath trees that stood in George’s own era.


Mount Vernon. The home that George always wanted to come home to. Even at the worst moments of the Revolution, his thoughts were often about the life he had built here with Martha.


The view from George’s porch at Mount Vernon looking up the Potomac towards the Atlantic Coast — a view he pined for all his life.


Peale’s first portrait of young George Washington painted in 1772 when George was nearly 40. It shows him wearing his colonel’s uniform from the Virginia Regiment from the French & Indian War. George would wear the same uniform to Philadelphia when he was called to lead the Continental Army into the Revolution.


The view back towards Mount Vernon from the banks of the river near to Belvoir Manor, where George fell in love for the first time and learned the manners of the British aristocracy.

Gadsby’s Tavern. George spent several birthday’s on the dance floor as the honored guest here in Alexandria, Va.


Even as he spent his final days at Mount Vernon, George prepared for imminent war, ordering a new uniform that never arrived before his untimely death

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