George Washington had spent years leading soldiers into battle in the Revolutionary War. But, as the first President of the United States, he faced a different kind of battle: uniting the thirteen colonies. Debates over the ratification of the Constitution, which would establish the government we know today, divided the nation. In an effort to develop a sense of national unity, Washington went on a tour through the colonies in 1790. Perhaps the most important stop- Rhode Island! The state’s hesitancy to ratify the Constitution demanded special attention from the Commander in Chief.
Inspired by Nathaniel Philbrick’s latest work, “Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy,” we invite you to explore George Washington’s 1790 visit to Rhode Island through the Rhode Island Historical Society’s collection of historical artifacts.
Opening November 19th at the John Brown House Museum. Exhibition included in the price of admission. See the John Brown House Museum visitation page for open hours and admissions prices.