Places to Visit

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Daughters of the American Revolution Museum Washington Houses several hundred thousand books, historical documents, manuscripts, and genealogical material.
Lafayette Square Washington Dedicated to Lafayette in 1824; at each corner is a statue of one foreign general who served in the war.
National Archives Washington Contains the original of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and more.
National Portrait Gallery Washington Contains historical portraits, including works by John Trumbull, Gilbert Stuart, John Singleton Copley, Mather Brown, and others.
National Museum of American History Washington Houses a large collection of artifacts from the Revolution.
Library of Congress Washington Established in 1800, the collection includes a recreation of Jefferson’s library of 6,487 books, which he donated in 1815. Guided and self-guided tours available.

The disarrayed condition of the colonies in 1764 — economies and societies in flux with changes wrought by war, governments trying simultaneously to adjust to international peace and cope with the effects of Indian insurrections — helps explain how the colonists reacted to British efforts to reform imperial relations.… But the single most significant factor was the depression that by 1764 had fastened a clammy grip on trade in every colony, and which would not fully release it until the decade had ended.

Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 - 1766 (2000)