After 216 years, the ghost of George Washington can stop wandering this mortal landscape as his papers and other items have finally found a home. While alive in 1797, the first president of the United States of America wrote in a letter "I have not houses to build, except one, which I must erect for the accommodation and security of my military, civil and private papers, which are voluminous and may be interesting."
After writing that letter, Washington dicked around for two years, every once in a while pointing to a bit of land and saying, "Yeah, library. Bout here? Maybe? Eh, I'll do it tomorrow." He would then go and, as he often did at Mount Vernon, noodle around with experimental formulas for peanuts.
Upon his death bed in 1799, Washinton was found late at night snapping his fingers, "Man, I forgot something... I was gonna do," he told a slave that he made sit in his bed next to him, "Yeah, there was this thing... Dammit, tip of my tounge... Oh yeah, tell them to build a lib-" and then he died.
Not understanding the dying president's words, his decedents started letting people roam around the house and grounds of Mount Vernon before the body was cold.
For the following 216 years, it is said the ghost of George Washington walked the land of Mount Vernon, stopping at midnight and kicking the dirt, saying in a ghostly murmur, "Bout here? Maybe."
That is, the ghost did roam the plantation. Now that the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington (because calling it the George Washington Library is bullshit in academic circles, it's all who you know) stands, some believe the ghost of the first president can now be at rest. Others believe it already has.
"During the opening ceremony, I was drinking punch over by the buffet and I swear I felt a cold wind and a voice that sounded like wooden teeth said "That'll do, pig,'" a volunteer said., "I dropped my teeny hotdog plate and knew the president was talkin and was at peace."