A Fashionable Blue and White Bed

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The focal point of the newly-refurnished Blue Room will be a bedstead draped in blue-printed cotton, based on the documentary references to a bed the Washingtons acquired in 1759 that was likely representative of the bed in the Blue Room. While the original bed and hangings no longer survive, the original descriptions of them provide sufficient clues…


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Revolutionary War Reenacting

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

For the last three years, we have hosted hundreds of reenactors for Revolutionary War Weekend. This year, one of our staff members adorned 18th-century clothing and immersed himself in the reenactor's experience. Our staff member camped with the First Virginia Regiment, who gave insight into their military equipment and why they enjoy reenacting. He…


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High Fashion for the Blue Room: French Wallpaper

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The wallpaper applied to the walls in the Blue Room was painstakingly researched and selected by the curatorial team. Three key considerations guided the team’s choice of reproduction wallpaper: date, country of origin, and color. In order to best represent the Washingtons’ choice for this space, we considered the evidence for each factor. Unfortunately…


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