Sunday, June 9, 2013
It was a beautiful day to explore George and Martha Washington’s beloved plantation home. The view from their back porch looking onto the Potomac River is so peaceful with chairs waiting for you to relax and enjoy. The home has nine bedrooms above the main level as well as one on the main level. They frequently entertained.
George used this family owned land (since 1674) for his interest in advancing farming productivity. He continued adding to the property until he owned nearly 8,000 acres. He owned slaves but upon his death he gave them their freedom and he hoped others might follow his example.
Note: After George’s death, Martha secluded herself upstairs during his funeral on the grounds so she could mourn his death in private. She observed the service from an upstair’s window. She felt to protect the privacy of their relationship that their personal correspondence to each other should be burned which she did shortly after the funeral.