Among the maps that George Washington owned was British military engineer John Montresor's A Plan of the City of New-York, surveyed in 1766. The map provided Washington with detailed information about the streets and hills of Lower Manhattan as he fortified the city against a British assault in 1776. The map was also useful for planning Washington's triumphant entry into New York on November 25, 1783 as the British ended their 70- year occupation and evacuated the city. Washington returned to New York again to an even more spectacular reception in 1789 when he was sworn in as the nation's first president. Using Montresor's map, Barnet Schecter will lead a walking tour of key sites in "Washington's New York" — the city he considered the key to victory in the American Revolution, and the nation's first capital under the Constitution. Walking tours are limited to 35 guests per tour.
Barnet Schecter is the author of the new book George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps. He is also the author of The Devil's Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America.