History Stories
CATEGORY: George Washington
Why Have Americans Always Been So Obsessed with the Land?
March 7, 2018

Land lies deep in the American psyche. Read More

George Washington’s Hair Found in 18th-Century Almanac
February 22, 2018

The first president’s tresses were a keepsake for the family of Alexander Hamilton. Read More

The Things George Washington Worried About are Happening Today
February 16, 2018

The fears he raised about the future of the nation—including excessive debt, hyper-partisanship and foreign interference in elections—were remarkably prescient. Read More

Presidential Portraits that Pop
February 12, 2018

Here are the back stories to some of the most intriguing presidential renderings. Read More

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