Business Sponsor Proceeds
Proceeds from the Business Sponsor Program provide critical support for the Neighborhood Friends 2017-2018 sponsored project - the restoration and replacement of the Estate’s historic outbuilding roofs. These roofs are plagued with leaks and showing the stress of weather and environmental conditions. Previous repairs have extended their life, however a number of these roofs now need to be replaced. Estate records show that George Washington purchased more than 600,000 wooden shingles, and produced even more on the estate, specifically for the mansion and outbuilding roofs. These shingles were made of cypress, which has a high oil content perfect for repelling water. Your support for this project will yield a long-term dividend, as the new cypress shingles will last 30-40 years or more.
For more than 150 years, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association has protected and preserved the home of the Father of Our Country, without government funding.