George Washington

Filed Under:Maryland

Lost History: Hungerford's Tavern

The famous Hungerford's Tavern- unfortunately, now replaced with a bank.  You'd think the tavern where Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and others had a beer would have stuck around. (Photo source: Hungerford Civic Association)

Apparently it was the place to be. Back in the day, Hungerford’s Tavern in Rockville, Maryland hosted and housed a number of big shots including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry – the list goes on and on.

Constructed around 1750, it was one of America’s first real taverns and was named after Charles Hungerford, one of the early owners. The tavern was the center of early Rockville and was the town’s popular hang out spot; the place you went for news, entertainment, business… and to fan the flames of Revolution.

Filed Under:DC

Horatio Greenough’s Near Naked Washington

Horatio Greenough's classical George Washington did not get the reception the sculptor hoped when it was put on display in Washington in 1841. (Photo source: Wikipedia)The nation’s capital is chock full of statues, memorials, monuments, historic markers, and museums. As the seat of the United States government, Washington has a unique niche as both a repository of history and as a tourist spot. Some monuments are world-famous, some now reside in hidden corners, some are the centers of conspiracy theories (as Dan Brown and National Treasure fans will know), and some have been forgotten altogether. One statue in particular has been all of these things – and more – since it was first created: Horatio Greenough’s George Washington.

Filed Under:Virginia

Two Centuries Later, Diagnosing What Killed George Washington

"Life of George Washington The Christian death" painted by Junius Brutus Stearns (Source: Library of Congress)December 14 marks the anniversary of George Washington's death from an unknown illness, which came on quickly. Centuries later, historians still debate what killed the first President and doctors are weighing in. So, how exactly do you diagnose an illness of a patient who died over 200 years ago? Very carefully.

Filed Under:Virginia

George Washington’s Overdue Books

Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington. (Source: Wikipedia)George Washington, the father of our country, was a deadbeat book borrower? Apparently so. In April of 2010, the New York Library Society was going through the process of restoring and digitizing their holdings when an employee stumbled across the long lost fourteen-volume collection, Common Debates, a collection of transcripts from the English House of Commons. But, the collection was missing a volume. A check of the old circulation ledger proved that volume #12 had last been checked out by library patron George Washington October 5, 1789, along with a book by Emer de Vattel, entitled Law of Nations.

The books were due back on November 2, but according to the records, neither was ever returned.

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