Book shelf at George Washington's library in Mount Vernon.
Book shelf at George Washington’s library in Mount Vernon.

Besides book research, I rode Amtrak from California to Philadelphia, visited Valley Forge, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Washington Monument, New York City, Mendocino, the Doe Library at UC Berkeley, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, and AT&T Park in San Francisco. I am grateful for the assistance of Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, who answered a number of questions for me about Washington’s voice, accent, demeanor, and relationship with Martha.

Many books served as invaluable resources during research for Finding George Washington. I am grateful to the authors for their scholarship, insight, and imagination:

Timothy B. Allen, George Washington, Spymaster

Applewood’s Pictorial America, George Washington 1732-1799

Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life

Mary Higgins Clark, Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington

Alexis Coe, You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Joseph J. Ellis, His Excellency: George Washington

Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen and Albert S. Hanser, Valley Forge: George Washington and the Crucible of Victory

James Gleick, Time Travel

Phil Hornshaw and Nick Hurwitch, So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel

Hugh Howard, The Painter’s Chair

Paul Johnson, George Washington: The Founding Father

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

Len Lamensdorf, The Ballad of Billy Lee: The Story of George Washington’s Favorite Slave

Mark Lardas, George Washington: Leadership, Strategy, Conflict

Jack E. Levin, George Washington: The Crossing

Carla Killough McClafferty, The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon

Joseph Plumb Martin, Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier

Ellen G. Miles, George and Martha Washington: Portraits from the Presidential Years

Sarah E. Mitchell, Men’s Clothing 1760-1785

Paul J. Nahin, Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction

Paul J. Nahin, Time Travel: A Writer’s Guide to the Real Science of Plausible Time Travel

Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

Official Guidebook, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Gary Paulsen, The Rifle

Clinton Rossiter, The American Presidency

John Thorn, Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

George Washington, George-isms

George Washington, The Journal of Major George Washington

George Washington, Quotations of George Washington

H. G. Wells, The Time Machine and Other Works

Henry Wiencek, An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America

Time Travel

Slavery and the Washingtons

Washington’s Headquarters