Mount Vernon - George Washington Tomb. It was surreal to stand here at the burial place of our nation's first president. This was on my first trip East as a young adult. My family had never traveled, so this trip made a deep and lasting impression.
"A View of Mount Vernon with The Washington Family on The Terrace,” a watercolor, pen and ink on paper, measuring 163/8 by 24 inches by the architect and engineer Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764–1820) was knocked down to Curt Viebranz, president and chief executive officer of George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens, for $602,500. The intimate portrait, showing the family taking tea, is signed and dated July 16, 1796, and was a token of thanks from Latrobe, a house guest.
On December 14, 1799, George Washington dies at Mount Vernon. On December 12, Washington spent several hours riding over the plantation, in snow, hail and freezing rain. He ate his supper later that evening without changing from his wet clothes. The following day, he awoke with a severe sore throat (either quinsy or acute epiglottitis) and became increasingly hoarse as the day progressed. All the available medical treatments failed to improve his condition, and he died at around 10pm.