May 15, 2021

James Stewart Members Visit Mt. Vernon – Home to our First President

The Old Vault (Photo: Pamela Lyle)

(Washington, D.C.) — Members of the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, traveled to Washington, DC, recently to attend the 128th Continental Congress at their headquarters.

While learning more about their organization, James Stewart members, Pamela Lyle and Julia Saint, and Associate member, Chelsea Goode from the Suwanee Creek Chapter, took a side trip to Mt. Vernon to tour the home and see final resting place of our First President.

Many people don’t know that Mt. Vernon was purchased in 1726 by George’s father, Augustine Washington, and that the plantation had been in the Washington family for many years. Among the buildings and structures on the property there are two vaults.

The Last Will and Testament of George Washington, July 1799, states, “The family vault at Mount Vernon requiring repairs and being improperly situated besides, I desire that a new one of Brick, and upon a large Scale, may be built at the foot of what is commonly called the Vineyard Inclosure …”

The new tomb was initially erected in 1831. General Washington and his wife, Martha, along with other family members were moved to the new location.

A marble sarcophagus was carved in 1837 and his remains now rest in that spot. A similar sarcophagus was carved for Martha Washington.

The remaining family members are interred in the vault behind the iron door at the rear of the tomb.

Learning about our nation’s history is one of many benefits of being a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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