Our week is over, time to go back to the old age home. We decided to stop on the way to visit George Washington’s Plantation at Mt. Vernon. The estate is on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Washington’s ancestries acquired the land in 1674. Washington leased the estate in 1754 and became it’s sole owner in 1761. The original house was built by George Washington’s father, Augustine, in 1734. George expanded the house twice, once in the late 1750s and again in the 1770s. The house is built of wood, but has a fake finish to make it look like stone. When you touch it, it feels hollow. I’m not sure I care for it, but then no one asked me.
When George Washington’s ancestors acquired the estate, it was known as Little Hunting Creek Plantation, after the nearby Little Hunting Creek. However, when Washington’s older half-brother, Lawrence Washington, inherited it, he renamed it after Vice Admiral Edward Vernon, who had been his commanding officer during the War of Jenkins’ Ear. (The War of Jenkins’ Ear was a conflict between Britain and Spain from 1739 to 1748). I think the nose won.
When Washington lived on the Plantation it consisted of 8,000 acres. Today, it is less than 500.
Washington slept here.
On December 12, 1799, George caught a cold. All the available medical treatments failed to improve his condition, and he died 2 days later at Mount Vernon on December 14, 1799, at aged 67 (and you think Covid is bad).
Martha invited us in for a chat.