A Rare Look at Restoring the Blue Room

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

When guests walk around George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, they will notice that the rooms and buildings are not only in pristine condition, but still look as if they are in the 18th century. This is due to the hard work from our preservation department, who are constantly researching and renovating the historic parts of the estate to keep them…


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Painting the Central Passage

Monday, February 05, 2018

During the Mansion’s two-week closure for preservation work, Mount Vernon’s architectural staff began a transformative restoration of the central passage. Upon reopening, the team unveiled a new look for the central passage, replacing the dark, wood-grained finish of the panel walls with a fresh coat of paint in a color known as “stone” in the 18th…


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Never Miss a Mount Vernon Facebook Post

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In case you missed it, Facebook is changing your News Feed. Here’s how you can ensure you’ll never miss an update from Mount Vernon and your other favorite Facebook pages. Earlier this month, Facebook announced it would “prioritize posts from friends and family over public content,” and “show less public content, including videos and other posts from…


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Mount Vernon's First Rum Run

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Long before George Washington started distilling whiskey, rum was the preferred alcoholic beverage in the American colonies. The colonists produced rum from molasses made in the Caribbean, and Washington purchased it by the hogshead (a cask of more than 100 gallons). In early February, Mount Vernon’s historic trades staff distilled rum at George Washington…


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18th-Century Chicken Pudding

Monday, January 22, 2018

Warm up your evening (or afternoon) with this easy to make chicken pudding! Using only a few ingredients, you'll have a delicious and filling winter meal in no time! Directions Roast one whole chicken at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until done.Cut chicken into chunks.Melt 1/2 cup butter in sauce pan.Whisk in 1/2 cup of flour to thicken.Mix in chicken stock…


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A Teacher's Perspective: Washington the Entrepreneur

Monday, January 15, 2018

by Jennifer Egas I can honestly say that no residential program has impacted me like the George Washington Teacher Institute did in the summer of 2016. (I have attended a LOT of week-long professional learning, content-laden programs, so this is not an exaggeration!) I attended the session that focused on George Washington as an entrepreneur because…


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Be Washington in The Battle of Second Trenton

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

By - Joseph Stoltz, Digital Historian The Be Washington interactive experience teaches players how George Washington made important decisions. As we designed the scenarios, we struggled representing the wide variety of advice he received. Players don’t just hear from people Washington knew; some of his “advisers” are people who wrote books he read…


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In Depth Look At George Washington's Will

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A will is the last piece of documentation you would expect to gain insight to a persons thought process and personality. However, George Washington's will surprisingly humanizes a man who has been immortalized in history books and public statues. Join us as we visit the Fairfax County Courthouse, and learn about the personal side few know of the historical…


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