The Stairwell Room

Washington receiving French generals at Mt. Vernon

Artist: Unknown
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC

James Madison

Home at Last!

After resigning his military command and taking his leave of Congress in Annapolis, George Washington returned to his Virginia home, Mount Vernon. He arrived there on December 24, 1783, to resume life as a farmer. Soon after his resignation, Washington wrote to his close friend, the Marquis de Lafayette: "At length...I am become a private citizen on the banks of the Potomac, & under the shadow of my own Vine & my own Fig tree, free from the bustle of a camp & the busy scenes of public life."

Washington's retirement did not last long. In 1787, he presided over the United States Constitutional Convention and served as the nation’s first president from 1789 – 1797.





KEy Images on the
George WasHINGTON Wall

Cornwallis Sues for Cessation of Hostilitie
Washington Entering New York
Washington's Farewell to his Officers
Washington Crossing the Delaware
Washington Monument
Washington Resigning His Commission
Washington receiving French generals at Mt. Vernon

Key Documents on the Wall

Washington's Resignation Speech

Exhibits in the Stairwell Room

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