Mt. Vernon 3.10.07

George Washington was the first American superstar. Following the revolutionary war, he had more than 600 visitors impose on Mount Vernon’s hospitality. Colonial etiquette required hosts to welcome even unannounced guests for unspecified amounts of time. The choice to leave was left to guest who could be delayed for up to three months as strength returned, roads cleared, and curiosity waned.

Although his Excellency, President Washington was compelled to accept fame, lead the army, and guide the nation, he was refreshed by and yearned for domestic life, particularly his Martha. They never had any children, but it was said they were extremely fond of each other to the end. George loved home design and was pleased to surrender the presidency after two terms and live his short remaining life as a gentleman farmer.