The American Freedom Museum illuminates the American experience during crucial moments in our nation's history. From the hills and valleys of the American Revolution to the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan, you will step into history and discover the journey of those in our nation's military who have courageously and heroically sacrificed to ensure the many freedoms that we enjoy today. Our mission is to Honor American veteran's and military personnel for the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms; Educate this and future generations about our rich heritage; and Inspire others to achieve greatness. This is America's story. This is your story.
1st United States President
Born: February 22, 1732
Birthplace: Westmoreland County, Virginia
Education: No formal education
Occupation: Planter, Soldier
Political Party: FederalistOther Government Positions: Member of Virginia House of Burgesses, 1759 – 74,member of Continental Congress, 1774 – 75, and Chairman of the Constitutional Convention, 1787 – 88
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. While in his teens, he trained as a surveyor, and at the age of 20 he was appointed adjutant in the Virginia militia. For the next three years, he fought in the wars against the French and Indians, serving as General Edward Braddock’s aide in the disastrous campaign against Ft. Duquesne. In 1759, he resigned from the militia, married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow with children, and settled down as a gentleman farmer at Mount Vernon, Virginia.
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” George Washington
As a militiaman, Washington had been exposed to the arrogance of the British officers, and his experience as a planter with British commercial restrictions increased his anti-British sentiment. He opposed the Stamp Act of 1765 and after 1770 became increasingly prominent in organizing resistance. A delegate to the Continental Congress, Washington was selected as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and took command at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 3, 1775.
“Do not let anyone claim to be a true American if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics.” George Washington
Inadequately supported and sometimes covertly sabotaged by the Congress, in charge of troops who were inexperienced, badly equipped, and impatient of discipline, Washington conducted the war on the policy of avoiding major engagements with the British and wearing them down by harassing tactics. Hi able generalship, along with the French alliance and the growing weariness within Britain, brought the war to a conclusion with the surrender of Cornwallis following the siege at Yorktown, Virginia, on October 19, 1781.
“…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle…” George Washington
The chaotic years under the Articles of Confederation led Washington to return to public life in the hope of promoting the formation of a strong central government. He presided over the Constitutional Convention and yielded to the universal demand that he serve as first president. He was inaugurated on April 30, 1789, in New York, the first national capital. In office, he sought to unite the nation and establish the authority of the new government at home and abroad. Greatly distressed by the emergence of the Hamilton – Jefferson rivalry, Washington worked to maintain neutrality but actually sympathized more with Hamilton than the Federalists. He was unanimously reelected in 1792. His Farewell Address on September 17, 1796, (published but never delivered) rebuked party divisiveness and warned against “permanent alliances” with foreign powers.
He died at Mount Vernon on December 14, 1799.
Whether you are a local resident, an educator wanting to challenge and inspire your students, traveling through on business or visiting family and friends, the American Freedom Museum is a "must see" in the Tyler/East Texas area.
The Museum is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Visits on Mondays, Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays are by appointment only for groups of 15 or more.
February 1, 2003 - Sixteen minutes before it was scheduled to land, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart in over west Texas, killing all seven crew members. The accident resulted from damage caused during liftoff when a piece of insulating foam from the external fuel tank broke off, piercing a hole in the shuttle's left wing. This allowed hot gases to penetrate the wing upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.
"Today I took one of my daughters and her three sons to the Museum. Thank you for the gift of such a meaningful experience. My grandsons are 9, 11, and 13. We stayed nearly two hours and they were completely attentive. They all asked to return for a longer visit. The depth of the message and the consistent Chrictian thread reminded us of God's hand in our country's story. I love history and have visited many American museums. This is Snithsonian quality with a sense of respect and awe that is unparalleled. It was emotional but not Maudlin. It left permanent impressions on all of us. Thank you so very much for dedicating your time and resources to make this availble to us. I will be telling all my friends abiut this "hidden treasure." (Hawkins, TX)
"Thank you for your collection and your heart and respect for our men and women who protect us daily. God Bless You All." (Utica, Ohio)
"Wonderful Museum, one of the best I've seen!" (Peoria, AZ)
"A hidden jewel - so much history. Loved It!" (Houston, TX)
"Great Museum! Should be required for every school child." (Hideaway, TX)