George Washington Slept Here. Really.


George Washington didn’t like playing favorites.  So when he went on two cross-country tours during his presidency — one through New England and the other through the South — he insisted on staying in public accommodations.  “…I shall avoid giving umbrage to any,” he wrote his distant cousin, William Washington, “by declining all invitations of residence.”  In those days, public accommodations generally meant taverns, and even the best of them were a far cry from the luxury hotels a modern-day president would expect.  The fact that staying in them was his choice didn’t stop GW from grousing about the substandard housing he endured on his travels.

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Charleston, however, was one city that got it right.  GW stopped there for a week on his Southern Tour in the spring of 1791.  “The lodgings provided for me in this place were very good, being the furnished house of a Gentleman at present in the Country…,” he…

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