About This Location

This site marks where President George Washington’s executive mansion once stood. From 1790 to 1797, the President and First Lady Martha, along with two of her grandchildren, “Wash” and Nelly Custis, lived in the elegant house with enslaved “servants.” During the Yellow Fever, when the federal government fled the city, the Washingtons evacuated to the Deshler house in Germantown nine miles to the north, which they soon vacated for an extended stay at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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