2016 was a spectacular year for Mount Vernon! In addition to our daytime programming and annual events, here are some happenings that made this year memorable:

1. January Blizzard

On Friday, January 22, a blizzard dumped 20 inches of snow on Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon’s Operations and Maintenance staff worked quickly to clear pedestrian and vehicle paths, and the estate reopened the following Tuesday.

2. Batteau Building and Launch


 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the summer, Mount Vernon’s skilled craftspeople worked to build a 21-foot batteau, a multipurpose flat-bottomed 18th-century boat, using 18th-century based tools. On October 22, a costumed crew successfully launched the boat into the Potomac during Fall Harvest Family Days.

3. Jay Leno visits Mount Vernon

Also in October, Mount Vernon hosted two very special guests: Army Specialist Stephanie Morris and television personality Jay Leno. Morris received a Purple Heart when she lost her leg during an incident in which the members of her unit lost their lives. During their visit, Leno and Morris explored the estate, and Leno surprised Morris with the keys to a sporty white Fiat.

Watch the clip from NBC's the Today Show.

4. Completion of the Chintz Renovation

After several years of research and work, the restoration of the Chintz Room was finally completed this year. Located on the second floor in the southwest corner, the room formally known as the Nelly Custis Bedchamber underwent refurnishing and repainting.

Read more about the restoration of the Chintz Room.

5. New Exhibition: Lives Bound Together

More than 500 people gathered at Mount Vernon for the October 1 grand opening of the new exhibition, Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This exhibition explores the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon while providing insight into George Washington’s evolving opposition to slavery.

See the exhibition at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum

2016 Year In Review

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