George Washington ordered his overseers to begin the 1767 wheat harvest on June 24, a hot, cloudy Saturday at the end of a dry week. Thus began twenty days of unrelenting exertion for Mount Vernon’s slaves and no little anxiety for their master, who for the first time had given over his holding almost entirely to the cultivation of grain. Much depended on the success of this experiment, which was a crucial element in Washington’s scheme to free himself of the debts he had accumulated over the years of failing to produce tobacco that would sell on London’s finicky market. Rich as he was in land, he feared that, like so many of his fellow planters, he too would become permanently dependent on his English merchant creditors. It was a fate he dreaded above all, for to suffer it meant that he would lose the essence of a gentleman’s character, independence, and with it the capacity to behave in a truly virtuous way.
|Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site||Bristol||Includes unearthed remnants of Fort William Henry and Fort Frederick.|
|Fort George||Castine||Built by the British in 1789 and location of the largest American amphibious operation of the war.|
|Montpelier – The General Henry Knox Museum||Thomaston||Built in 1794, Montpelier was constructed as the retirement home of Henry and Lucy Knox, and was in use by the family until 1854; it was razed in 1871. The current Montpelier is a recreation built in 1930 and includes some of Knox’s personal effects.|
|Sayward-Wheeler House||York Harbor||Well-preserved home of Jonathan Sayward, a merchant and a loyalist, originally built in 1718 and then enlarged.|
Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 - 1766 (2000)