The choice of Mount Vernon for the first place to host the President of France is one that is steeped in history. France was the very first ally of the new country, America, both during and after our Revolutionary War, which was followed not too long after by the Revolution in France. The key to the Bastille, sent to George Washington by the Marquis de Lafayette in 1790, is housed in the museum at Mount Vernon.
It is fitting that our President Donald Trump and the French President, Emmanuel Macron, should visit the home of the father of our country, George Washington. Many Presidents have visited Mount Vernon. JFK hosted a state dinner for the President of Pakistan at Mount Vernon, and President George W. Bush, visited Mount Vernon several times. Once, to meet with the president of France, Nicholas Sarkozy.
Mount Vernon, the home of our first President, George Washington, is an 18th century plantation estate, and one of the most visited national historic sites.
We tend to concentrate on the manor house, but there is much else to see: the gardens, gristmill, pioneer farm, distillery, and the museum. The old and new tombs where George and Martha Washington are buried are also there on the estate.