Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis was the stepgranddaughter ofand important preserver of the ‘s legacy. Born in Maryland, she and her brother, , went to live at Mount Vernon after the death of her father in 1781. Nelly Custis was educated in New York and Philadelphia while Washington served as president and helped to entertain guests. In 1797 she married Washington’s nephew, Lawrence Lewis, and the couple lived briefly at Mount Vernon. After Washington’s death, they inherited about 2,000 acres of his estate and in 1805 built their own home, Woodlawn. Throughout her life Nelly Custis Lewis regarded herself as the keeper of George Washington’s legacy, serving as an accurate purveyor of information about him and his life. She was instrumental in having a tomb erected at Mount Vernon in 1835. She died in 1852.