Saturday, February 22, 2014
Happy Birthday George Washington!
Today marks George Washington's birthday, and in honor of that celebration, earlier this month we welcomed Martha Dandridge Custis Washington as represented by first person historical interpreter Alisa Dupuy to the tea room for an Afternoon Tea and program. Martha is affectionately considered the First Lady of the United States. We learned about Martha's life as a young woman; she was taught to read and write and figure reasonable well, but also learned the important household responsibilities such as being a gracious hostess and how to set a proper table. She was able to make small talk, and loved to dance. Martha married George Washington two years after her first husband Daniel Parke Custis, a wealthy plantation owner, died of scarlet fever. When she met George Washington, he was a young officer, handsome, well dressed, a foot taller, and rode well.
She knew they were a good match.