The Life of George Washington in Four Acts
Featuring Brian Hilton on February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021

Join George Washington every Friday in February as he discusses his life during the various periods of his life. .

Act 1:  By the Miraculous Care of Providence
General Washington will share thoughts and reminiscences about his life from ca. 1743, when he was 11 years old, to the eve of the American Revolution in 1775.

Act 2: Embarked on a Tempestuous Ocean
The General will discuss the years of the American War for Independence (1775-1783).

Act 3: Under the Shadow of My Own Vine &
My Own Fig Tree
The General will cover the years between the War and his Presidency (1784 to the beginning of 1789), during which he had retired to Mount Vernon and presided over the Constitutional Convention.

Act 4, Part 1: 
A Peaceful Abode for An Ocean of Difficulties: 
The General will share his remembrances about his Presidency (1789-1797).

Act 4, Part 2: 
The Prospect Most Grateful to My Soul: 
The General will talk about the years of his post-presidential retirement from Mar. 5, 1797, until the onset of his last illness on Dec. 13, 1799.

According to the Washington Birthday website:  "Brian Hilton is an award-winning teacher of history with an enduring passion and enthusiasm for the subject. It is his ambition to bring history out of the textbooks and into the hearts and minds of people of all ages and backgrounds.  Brian’s objective is to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge; to enhance understanding; to foster civic engagement and participation; and to open a dialogue with the past with the goal of informing the present in order to build a better future.  Thirty years as an educator, historical interpreter, researcher and writer inform every lecture, presentation, and performance.  Brian worked at George Washington’s Mount Vernon from 1997-2006.  He has portrayed George Washington since 2007 for audiences across the United States and worldwide through virtual performances online."

$20 admission per event or $60 for admission for all 4 events. Visit for the full program. Guests will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link, Meeting ID, and password by noon on the day before the event.  Ticket sales will close at 4 p.m. on the day of the event.
Prices: $20.00 through $60.00
Dates: 2/5/2021 through 2/26/2021
Event ID: 6000503
Office of Historic Alexandria    703.746.4760

Quotable George Washington

  • I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.

  • To speak evil of anyone, unless there is unequivocal proofs of their deserving it, is an injury for which there is no adequate reparation.

  • We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all maters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.

  • It is an old adage that honesty is the best policy. This applies to public as well as private life, to states as well as individuals.

  • Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

  • Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.

  • I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man

  • To form a new Government, requires infinite care, and unbounded attention; for if the foundation is badly laid the superstructure must be bad.
  • It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

  • There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.

  • It is on great occasions only, and after time has been given for cool and deliberate reflection, that the real voice of the people can be known

  • A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous.


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