Press Release: Mount Vernon's Curt Viebranz Tells Us About Martha and George Washington


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Washington, DC, March 6, 2015 — When the sun would set along the Potomac River, George and Martha Washington could sometimes be found sipping cocktails on the veranda of their Virginia home.

What would it have been like to sit there with them, considering the politics, challenges, and issues of the day?

This month, David Bruce Smith, founder of Grateful American™ TV, and co-host Hope Katz Gibbs sit out on the porch where the Washingtons spent so many evenings — thanks to Curt Viebranz, president and CEO of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

“When the home was originally built in the early 1730s, it was called Little Huntington Creek,” Viebranz explains. “Washington’s half-brother, Lawrence, renamed the estate Mount Vernon, in recognition of the incredible view here by the promontory, and also in tribute to Admiral Vernon, whom he served under in the US Navy.”

Did you know that Lawrence died in his early 30s of tuberculosis? “And because none of his and his wife’s four children survived childhood, when his widow died, George Washington ultimately inherited the house from her. It was Washington who built the home we see here now.”

Viebranz also explains:

  • Why Martha Washington was reluctant to be first lady.
  • Whether Martha and George truly loved each other.
  • That Washington was a great spymaster.
  • And that he was also a loving father-figure.

Why did Martha burn all the letters she wrote to her husband before she died? Click here to watch, listen, and read all about it at

About the Grateful American™ Foundation

Founded in 2013, David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation is dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history for kids. From TV and radio shows to books and Fascinating Facts about the nation’s Founding Fathers and Mothers, the organization makes learning history fun by going behind the scenes at the nation’s most popular presidential and historic homes, ranging from George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, to Alexander Hamilton’s The Grange, and the Benjamin Franklin House in London.

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