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Daughters of the American Revolution Museum Washington Houses several hundred thousand books, historical documents, manuscripts, and genealogical material.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.

John Adams was inaugurated as second president on March 4, 1797. Washington had preceded him to the hall and sat on the dais with Jefferson the Vice-President-elect, as Adams spoke. When the new President finished and left, Washington motioned to Jefferson to go next. The two Virginians had known each other since 1769, when Washington had been thirty-seven years old and Jefferson only twenty-six. From long habit and lingering respect, Jefferson now held back. But Washington gestured again, in a manner not to be ignored. The younger man was now Vice-President and must go first.

Richard Brookhiser
Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996)