For three days starting on April 29th, 1889, a jubilant America came together in New York for a gala celebration of the 100th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration. Thousands upon thousands of people came to together for fireworks, parades, receptions and concerts.
On the morning of his #inauguration, George Washington dressed in a suit of brown broadcloth spun domestically in Hartford, with buttons displaying an eagle with wings spread. His suit would have been considered dressy daytime apparel.
Finishing off the outfit were white silk stockings, silver shoe buckles, and a dress sword in a steel scabbard.
#DidYouKnow that during George Washington's presidency, the Washington family gave $3.00 to a "man who had a very sagacious Dog," so they could see the dog's "performance." The dog was probably brought from Europe by a man named Gabriel Salenka, whose dog was said to be able to "beat any person at playing at cards."
These are commemorative souvenir buttons from Washington's inauguration. A copper button features Washington’s initials in the center, encircled by the words “Long Live the President.” A chain surrounds the button’s rim, with a link representing each of the original thirteen states. This design re-purposes language familiar to those who had lived under the English monarchy (“Long Live the... View details ⇨
Step back in time and join Lady Washington for a cozy fireside tea as she shares memories of her and the General's life as a young married couple, during the Revolutionary War, and at their beloved Mount Vernon.
#DidYouKnow Root crops like turnips and potatoes were staples of a winter diet at Mount Vernon. In 1786 alone, more than 544 bushels of potatoes were sent to the Mansion House from Washington's Dogue Run, Ferry Farm & River Farm properties.
In 1796, George Washington issued his #farewell address. "Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment." Read the whole speech online.
When did the Washington family arrive in America? The story begins in the 1650's, when two brothers, John and Lawrence Washington, arrived in Virginia to make their fortunes in the colonies. John was George Washington's great-grandfather.