George Washington’s Most Fascinating Landmarks

As we turn to President’s Day, there is perhaps no former president more associated with the holiday than America’s first president: George Washington. Washington certainly played a massive role in the forming of our country, and also lived a fascinating life away from politics. President’s Day is a great opportunity to learn more about the man, and one way to do this is by visiting many of the sites around the country that are related to his life. Here are a few that I would recommend checking out. 

George Washington’s Office (Winchester, Virginia)

George Washington was once a commander for British troops in the French and Indian war that began in 1753. During part of this time, he set up shop in what was essentially a log cabin in Winchester, Virginia. Today, this “office” is open to the public as a museum, and visitors can see the site of many famous decisions in the life of Washington, including where he envisioned Fort Loudoun. 

Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Fort Duquesne, located in Pittsburgh, was a fort held by French forces during the French and Indian War. It took a while, but eventually, the British led by Edward Braddock and George Washington was able to take the fort and outnumber the French. Like the previous place on our list, this site is great to visit if you have an interest in Washington’s life as a general before becoming president. 

Maryland State House (Annapolis, Maryland)

The Maryland State House in Annapolis is the site of one of the most important events in Washington’s life, as he resigned his role as commander-in-chief of the army following the American Revolution. The site does a great job of walking visitors through the actual event, with props reenacting how the scene would have looked like and how the talks would transpire.