It’s easy to think of George Washington as a great war general. Or as a founding father. Or as our nation’s first President. But often times we forget to think of Washington as he viewed himself – as a man of property.
In The Story of Mount Vernon, we catch a glimpse of Washington’s love for and life at Mount Vernon with his wife and step-children. The details of the construction of the house – and the small city that grew around it – are mentioned as is the role it played in the Washington’s social circle.
One fact I learned was that Mount Vernon was a source of morale for the American soldiers. But how so? General Washington had begun renovations to the estate before the war started. Even as the war raged, he continued to improve the place and received couriers from his home every week telling him of the progress. The soldiers felt that so long as General Washington continued his renovations, he still believed they could win the war.
Conclusion. A fine book of introductory history and an interesting glimpse of Washington.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret