All contacts with the Association referenced in this Guideline will be with:
Director of Media Relations
Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
P.O. Box 110
Mount Vernon, VA, 22121
Filming, videotaping, recording or photographing at Mount Vernon is permitted only with advance approval from the Association. The Association requires at least two weeks to process media requests.
To request approval, the individual or company should contact the Association for a filming/photography contract or submit the following written information to the Association:
As a general policy, the Association does not permit its name or any images of Mount Vernon, its grounds or collections to be used for commercial purposes or to promote a product or service in any medium. Any other use is not permitted without the express written permission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
The Association respectfully suggests the following acknowledgment for books, videos and movies:
_____________________ acknowledges the assistance of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, which owns and operates Mount Vernon.
For photographs, please provide identification using the following words: "George Washington's Mount Vernon."
The Association can provide professional spokespeople from its staff for interview purposes. Interview requests are subject to staff availability. Contact the Director of Media Relations to schedule interviews with Mount Vernon staff members.
The Association reserves the right to require reimbursement of expenses for staff-time involved in the supervision of the film crew while on location (payable day of site visit to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association). Reimbursement will also include a location fee which will be agreed to in writing by both parties prior to the commencement of the project.
Aerial photography of Mount Vernon is rarely permitted because of the risk to the house and grounds. The Federal Aviation Administration has declared Mount Vernon a no-fly zone.
The Association owns a large collection of historic prints and engravings depicting events that occurred during Washington's life. This collection is available for photographic use, with prior approval and appropriate scheduling with the Association. For image requests involving a large number of images, a processing fee will be charged to the individual or organization.
It is the Association's policy that any filming or recording not disturb the visiting public's experience while at Mount Vernon. For this reason, the following restrictions apply:
Original Washington family objects, period pieces, and other objects in the collection are fragile and, in some cases, irreplaceable historical artifacts which are the responsibility of Mount Vernon’s Historic Preservation and Collections Department. In order to preserve these artifacts for future generations, the following restrictions apply:
Electrical power is available in the Mansion and at certain sites on the grounds. Please inquire about available amperage and location of electrical circuits, if needed. If not prearranged, lights cannot be used in the Mansion because of a fire detection system.
Photographers and technicians are to take full responsibility for all of their equipment.
Mount Vernon requests two copies of the completed project for its archives.
The organization or individual conducting the filming, recording or photography must agree, in writing, to hold the Association harmless against any claims or expenses that result from their work at Mount Vernon. In addition, they must agree to assume financial responsibility for any damage to Association property caused by them or their agents. Prior to the visit, the organization must submit a certificate of insurance.
The organization or individual must agree, in writing, not to use the film, videotape, still photography or recording made at Mount Vernon for any purpose except that described at the time approval is sought. If other use is later contemplated, it will be permitted only with written approval from the Association.
The organization or individual must agree to hold the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association harmless against any claims or expenses that result from their work at Mount Vernon.
The Association will provide a standard agreement that outlines these legal restrictions. This signed agreement must be returned before approval for any project can be given. The Association requires at least two weeks prior to desired project date to process this paperwork.
All filming is subject to approval by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.
The Association reserves the right to terminate production in the event that any member of the crew fails to abide by the conditions set forth by the Association. In such cases, the crew forfeits all fees.