The Kennedy Family’s Last Weekend Together in Home Movies

The President and Mrs. Kennedy with son John at the family's weekend home.

The President and Mrs. Kennedy with son John at the family’s weekend home.

Jackie Kennedy returned from her European trip on October 17, 1963 refreshed.

The President driving his wife and son and a friend on a golf cart, exploring the woods of their new property, October 27, 1963.

The President driving his wife and son and a friend on a golf cart, exploring the woods of their new property, October 27, 1963.

In fact, President Kennedy telephoned Greece to speak directly to Aristotle Onassis, who had hosted the First Lady and her sister on his yacht, and profusely thanked the shipping tycoon for the hospitality shown her and the resulting optimism with which she had returned.

By the time Jackie Kennedy was back in the White House, she was especially longing to spend not just a few hours with her husband and their two children but several long days.

In August, shortly after White House Chief Usher J.B. West had learned that Patrick Kennedy had died, he immediately had staff remove the crib and other items intended for his use from the executive mansion.

A room furnished to accomodate her infant son Patrick, who died at two days old.

A room furnished to accomodate her infant son Patrick, who died at two days old. 001

He also asked military aides to do likewise at the family’s new but as-yet unlived-in weekend near Atoka, Virginia, named “Wexford.”

She was eager to

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