Northern Virginia

Mount Vernon
Residence and Gravesite

Located 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon was home to George and Martha Washington for 40 years, from their marriage in 1749 until Washington's death in 1799.  It is maintained by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, who purchased the property in 1858 from the Washington family.  Five hundred of the original 2,000 acres of the plantation are preserved.  Today, the site includes the mansion, dozens of outbuildings, gardens, an 18th-century period working farm, museum and Washington'stomb.  The most popular historic house in America, Mount Vernon welcomes more than one million visitors each year. Open to the Public. 

Address: Mount Vernon, VA 22121 

Phone Number: (703) 780-2000 


William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy 
Arlington National Cemetery 

President Taft's grave is located in Arlington National Cemetery, a 612-acre cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.  The grave is marked by a 14.5 feet tall granite stone.  He is buried with his wife Helen Harron Taft, who died in 1943. Open to the public. 

The Kennedy Memorial Grave is the most visited gravesite at Arlington NationalCemetery.  The grave is marked by an eternal flame. Open to the public. 

Address: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia 

Phone Number:  (703) 607-8000 For General Information, Location of Gravesites, & Visitor Information 


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did you know?

Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation