Quote by tour guide, Mt. Vernon (Summer 2014)
'The symbol of liberty belongs with the father of all liberty.'
(in 1790, the Marquis de Lafayette sent the Key to the Bastille to then President George Washington)
"The bond between the two men grew so strong that they were more like a father and son, rather than a commanding general and his top-ranking officer. For Lafayette, there was no better person to receive the symbol of the end of ancient tyranny than the man who fought so bravely to establish the United States."
(from the Mt. Vernon website)