Our Topics: As They Touched the Washingtons
Youth and Childhoods: 1731-1752
This topic includes “our childhoods”, George’s surveying, and our relationships with the Fairfaxes. We also discuss Martha’s marriage to Daniel Custis and George’s inheritance.
French and Indian War Years: 1752-1759
This topic includes George’s pre-Revolution military career, how we met and courted. We talk about Martha’s children and the events around the French and Indian War.
The Love Story: 1758-1802
We met and found we were compatible—a business arrangement turned to love. The loyalty and dedication to duty pushed our relationship to be close, intimate, and private.
Events Leading to the Declaration of Independence: 1758-1776
In this topic, we discuss early years on the plantation, the problems with crops and prices, the hardships England was causing with taxation without representation, protests in the colonies, from the siege of Boston to the defense of Long Island, and how the Declaration of Independence was created and adopted.
The Revolutionary War, Part 1: 1775-1778
We review the events leading to The Declaration of Independence, our roles early in the American Revolution. We talk about Martha attending winter encampments, the strife at Valley Forge, the Victories and Defeats, and selected battles: Lexington and Concord to the first Morristown winter encampment.
The Revolutionary War, Part 2: 1779-1783
George and Martha discuss life at winter encampments from and battles outside Philadelphia to Paoli and battles in the Southern Campaign, the mutinies, the battle and surrender at Yorktown, the Newburgh Conspiracy, George’s Resignation as Commander-in-Chief, to the Treaty of Paris, 1783.
The Constitution: 1783-1789
The Washington’s discuss the origin of the Constitution, from the Treaty of Paris, The Constitutional Convention, the debates and compromises, the establishment of the Constitution, and George taking the Oath of Office.
The President and “Lady” Washington: 1783-1797
We share our contributions during the Birth of Our Nation, and we review the events surrounding the Constitutional Convention, the 8 years serving as the Chief Executive and “Lady” Washington, the leaders we worked with, as well as the Whiskey Rebellion, Jay’s Treaty, National Bank, future capital city/ D.C., and Farewell Address.
Our “Vine and Fig” Years at Mt. Vernon/Retirement: 1797-1802
As we retired to Mt. Vernon after the call of duty as Commander-in-chief, we address restoring Mt. Vernon, Plantation Economics (tobacco, fishing, whiskey distillery, mules) , entertaining endless guests, dealing with the slavery issue, and being called back into service by President Adams—George’s Will, and their other “children”—grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Coloinal Life and Military: 1770s
Our presentation is interactive as we talk about the experiences of the Continental Army and contrast that with the experiences of the British Army. We further explain about encampments and the life of a camp follower and families of soldiers and compare that with the daily life in the colonies.
In God We Still Trust
George and Martha talk about what they had to deal with—the unrest and rebellion in the Colonies. During the unrest, the Founding Fathers contemplated the role that religious principles, Christianity, and faith would play in creating the new government for our new country.
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