Portrait of George Washington in Warner Hall

The Real George Washington: Interesting Facts About Our First President

What did you do this Presidents’ Day? Relax? Take a long weekend trip (like to your favorite Virginia country bed and breakfast)?

At some point, we hope you had the opportunity to reflect on the men – because they’ve all been men so far – that made the day possible.

Take George Washington, the president we think of most often around here at Warner Hall, which was the home of his great-great grandfather.

Washington was much more than America’s first president. Filled with passion, desire and ambition, Washington was a man who experienced great disappointment and great achievement.

But he was also just that – a man. He was a man that, while profiled in American history books and a pivotal part of this country’s foundation, was a husband, a brother and…a dancer.

That’s right. Our first president was known as an energetic and excellent dancer, showing off his skills at the growing number of balls, cotillions, parties and dances he was invited to. Many accounts claim he danced throughout the night with an array of female guests, and we like to think, and have heard, he learned to waltz right here on the Warner Hall estate.

Want some other interesting, lesser-known factoids about George Washington? Thanks to Mount Vernon, Washington’s beloved home, we have these tidbits to share.

–        He was considered by some to be quite the equestrian, developing his riding skills during the many foxhunts he participated in as a young man. He also trained his own horses, even while he served as President.

–        Even presidents enjoy a drink every once in a while. Of the tens of thousands of acres of land Washington owned in North America, he operated the largest distillery of the time at Mount Vernon. It produced nearly 11,000 gallons of whiskey. A reconstructed version of this distillery can be explored at there today. We didn’t see anything in historical data about his bartending skills. But we think he doesn’t have anything on Troy!

–        He took care of his teeth. And he wrote about it. Washington regularly suffered from dental issues, having recorded in his diary he paid five shillings to one doctor who removed one of his teeth. Payments to dentists and purchases of dental tools often show up in his communications throughout his life.

–        Washington eventually inherited Mt. Vernon after his elder half-brother passed away and the other intervening heirs had died. The original home he first inherited from his brother was much smaller than what you see when you visit Mount Vernon today. Washington designed and oversaw two large expansions to his mansion while also directing many landscape improvements to his land.

–        Mount Vernon was such a special place to Washington that his body lies at rest today at his beloved home instead of in a tomb beneath the U.S. Capitol, which was designed to be his final resting place. Washington stated in his will that he wished to be buried in the family vault in a new tomb constructed on his land.

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      MEET THE REVOLUTIONARIES! APRIL 2018!

      April 13 – 15, 2018

      Attention all history lovers! Lodging guests will be treated to a taste of living history the weekend of April 13 – 15, 2018. Meet Col. Warner Lewis and his wife, Eleanor Bowles Gooch Lewis (in residence at Warner Hall from 1754 – 1783) on Friday, April 13 for a private reception with the patriots of the 7th Virginia Regiment.

      Mingle with the reenactors from 5:30 – 7pm while enjoying light colonial fare, libations and period music. Experience Revolutionary War camp life and skirmishes on the grounds of the Inn on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 2pm.

      Limited lodging rooms available. Find your room now and book your stay online here.

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      GLOUCESTER – MATHEWS GARDEN TOUR 2018

      April 20 – 23, 2018 

      Get a beautiful start to Historic Garden Week in Virginia here at the Inn at Warner Hall! Book the room of your choice for the weekend and receive TWO FREE tickets (a $60 value) for the Saturday, April 21 Gloucester Mathews Garden Tour! The homes and gardens of Auburn Plantation, Dunham Massie Farm and Cottage Point are not to be missed!

      Find your room here and book now online.

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      CINCO DE MAYO 2018

      May 4-6, 2018

      Book your two-night stay at the Inn at Warner Hall and celebrate Cinco de Mayo whenever you wish with a $25 gift certificate to Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina, one of our favorite local Mexican Restaurants!

      Find your favorite available room here and book online!

      Photo by Sara Harris Photography for Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina.

    • Celebrate a “Special Occasion”

      A professionally arranged bouquet of gorgeous seasonal flowers, or a dozen roses with assorted greenery and keepsake vase, paired with a bottle of Chandon Champagne, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Bailey’s White Chocolate Mousse Cups, all enjoyed in the privacy of your room will make the occasion not only “Special” but, “Simply Divine….”

      Advance Notice required (72 hours suggested)
      $99 including tax

    • Honeymoon and Anniversary Special

      What better way to celebrate your lives together than spending three nights surrounded in Warner Hall luxury and getting 50% discount for your third night! Visit the Inn at Warner Hall within two months of your actual anniversary or wedding date and enjoy a wonderful environment in which to spend time together. Add a “Special Occasions Package” and really make it a celebration! But be prepared to keep it fun and exciting! There will be a surprise “Dating Game” quiz to verify dates of engagement, marriage, most romantic moment shared, etc. etc….Match all the questions and win a bottle of Champagne!

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    • We are certainly sad to see this vacation of ours come to an end. How lucky we were to have found this place. Warner Hall is exactly what the B&B experience should be. You have combined all of the essential elements of the perfect getaway. We will be back, many times I’m sure! Thank you! […]

    • Warner Hall not only equaled but exceeded our expectations. The warm Southern hospitality, the gracious surroundings, and the incredible cuisine combined to create a memorable birthday for Donna and for our friends. An outstanding evening of fellowship and food! You have paid attention to detail in the restoration, decoration and in the reception, hosting, “ghosting” care […]

    • Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you for opening your home to our family. We all enjoyed the excellent company and the delicious food. Everything was simply perfect. Warner Hall offered us the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another…no worries, no hassle, no clean up! This was a holiday we’ll never forget! -Bob & Natalie – […]

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      We are certainly sad to see this vacation of ours come to an end. How lucky we were to have found this place. Warner Hall is exactly what the B&B experience should be. You have combined all of the essential elements of the perfect getaway. We will be back, many times I’m sure! Thank you! […]

    • Warm, Southern Hospitality

      Warner Hall not only equaled but exceeded our expectations. The warm Southern hospitality, the gracious surroundings, and the incredible cuisine combined to create a memorable birthday for Donna and for our friends. An outstanding evening of fellowship and food! You have paid attention to detail in the restoration, decoration and in the reception, hosting, “ghosting” care […]

    • Thanksgiving at Warner Hall

      Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you for opening your home to our family. We all enjoyed the excellent company and the delicious food. Everything was simply perfect. Warner Hall offered us the opportunity to relax and enjoy one another…no worries, no hassle, no clean up! This was a holiday we’ll never forget! -Bob & Natalie – […]

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