In January of 1781, British armed forces entered Virginia in strength and ravaged much of the countryside. In April, as part of this invasion, His Majesty’s sloop of war, the Savage, sailed up the Potomac burning and pillaging rebel American properties along its shores and laid at anchor April 12, 13 & 14th, just one mile upriver from General George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. The British commander of the ship, Capt. Tomas Graves, sent a message to Lund Washington, the General’s cousin and Manager of the Estate, demanding provisions- and threatening to burn Mount Vernon if refused.
On April 25-26th, soldiers will once again come ashore, and our first person interpreters will re-enact this shocking moment in Mount Vernon’s history. More information about these exciting performances is available on our website.