Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

George Washington Slept Here

Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

George Washington Slept Here

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1. 1740's-1811. The Beaver and Lac'd Hat in Annapolis, MD, now called Reynolds Restaurant and Tavern

They say, William Reynolds, proprietor, hatter, and dry goods merchant rented a room to The General. Perhaps Martha was with him--no aide or generals this time. They'd come up from Mt. Vernon. She wanted to see Annapolis, this Athens of America, for herself, visit her grandson Parke Curtis attending St. John's College, buy stays and fabric for a new gown at The Beaver and Lac'd Hat. Maybe they'd get theater tickets for tonight, go to church at St. Anne's tomorrow. She needed an outing and George might like to play the ponies.

2. 1811-1980's Sold and resold. Almost torn down for a gas station in the 30's. Finally the old tavern became the Anne Arundel County Public Library.

Mother served as a library volunteer. We'd meet her after school, slide on the wide plank floors, chase each other through the small connecting rooms, around rows of book shelves, up and down stairs. …

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