History Stories
CATEGORY: George Washington
Did George Washington Really Free Mount Vernon’s Slaves?
October 11, 2017

The president’s forward-thinking decision is still celebrated, but the reality was more complicated than it appears. Read More

One of America’s First Travel Trends Was Dining at George Washington’s Home
August 2, 2017

Reverent tourists turned Mount Vernon into a bed & breakfast, burdening the Washington family for years. Read More

George Washington’s Tent: The First Oval Office
April 19, 2017

One of the most important relics in American history was almost lost to time. Read More

That Time a Foreign Government Interfered in a U.S. Presidential Election—in 1796
March 16, 2017

After George Washington’s administration concluded a treaty with Great Britain in 1795, France decided it was time for a change at the top of the U.S. government. Read More

History Faceoff: Who Was the Greatest President—Washington or Lincoln?
February 15, 2017

As Presidents' Day approaches, two preeminent historians join the enduring debate about whether George Washington or Abraham Lincoln was America’s greatest president. Read More

George Washington and the Slave Who Got Away
February 8, 2017

In 1796, a 22-year-old slave woman named Ona Judge fled President George Washington’s household for a life of freedom in New Hampshire. Read More

Organizations Acknowledge George Washington’s Biracial Family Tree
September 19, 2016

After 200 years of rumors, two organizations have recognized the African-American descendants of the first U.S. president’s step-grandson (and adopted son). Read More

After 33 Months, Washington Monument Reopens to the Public
May 12, 2014

The Washington Monument welcomed visitors today for the first time in more than two-and-a-half years, after a painstaking restoration to repair earthquake damage. Read More

Remembering the First Presidential Inauguration
April 30, 2014

On the anniversary of his inauguration, look back at George Washington’s road to the presidency. Read More

Did George Washington Knock Back a Cold One Here?
November 13, 2013

NYC preservationist makes a potentially major historic find: possible remnants of the Colonial-era Bull’s Head Tavern. Read More