Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington
George and Martha Washington welcomed thousands of guests to Mount Vernon in the more than forty years they lived here. How did Martha manage to feed so many in a world without refrigerators, microwaves or running water?
Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons’ kitchen through the new exhibition, Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington. On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum, this temporary exhibition explores how foods were prepared and presented at 18th-century Mount Vernon. Before appearing in dining rooms, crispy hoecakes, smoked hams, frozen ice creams, and other foods required the work of gardeners, housekeepers, enslaved cooks, butlers and waiters – all under Martha Washington’s careful supervision.
Following food from the Estate’s field to kitchen to table, visitors will see recipes and cookbooks that Martha treasured, pots that simmered in her kitchen, and fine tablewares that made Mount Vernon’s dining room fit for a president. For the first time ever, visitors to the Museum will experience scents as they explore the exhibition - smelling cinnamon, coffee, and warm bread. Open through August 11, 2013.
Entrance to the Donald W. Reynolds Museum is included in regular Estate admission.
Historic Mount Vernon invites visitors to experience a unique side of Civil War history at George Washington’s home through a new walking tour, "Mount Vernon in the Civil War." Explore historic locations and listen to dramatic Civil War stories – from the life-risking efforts of the estate’s earliest caretakers to battlefield cannon fire rumbling the Mansion!
These special tours are limited in capacity and cost $5 in addition to Estate admission: $15 adults; $7 children (6-11); free for children 5 & under.
NOTE: George Washington Lives Here does not take place at Mount Vernon. The tour starts at UCDC, 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C at 8:30AM.
Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, invites you to explore the sites, tastes, and sounds associated with George Washington in the nation’s capital through a new tour, George Washington Lives Here, on May 12, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The day begins with a continental breakfast and panel discussion among leading historians and curators before moving to the National Gallery of Art for a tour of “America’s Presidents Exhibition” with chief curator, Brandon Fortune. During lunch at Zola Restaurant, participants will listen to exciting stories about George Washington’s role in America’s first spy ring. Following lunch are George Washington themed tours of the United States Capitol and Tudor Place, home of Martha Washington’s granddaughter.
George Washington Lives Here costs $125 per person and includes transportation between locations, meals, tax and gratuity. For a complete schedule and to register for this limited capacity event, please click here.
If you enjoy collecting Byers’ Choice Carolers or giving them as gifts, you won't want to miss this special opportunity to have your carolers signed by Joyce Byers!
Note: Only carolers purchased at The Shops during this event will be signed.
Joyce Byers created the first Caroler in the late 1960s as a Christmas decoration for her home to represent the timeless Christmas tradition of caroling that she enjoyed so much. The unique appearance and handcrafted quality of the Carolers quickly gained a following.
This program will begin in the Smith Auditorium and feature a conversation between "General and Lady Washington." Guests will have an exclusive opportunity to gain insight into the Washingtons' life in the 18th century. After an introduction of Joyce Byers, she will be on hand in the lobby immediately following the event to sign Carolers purchased at The Shops that day.
Programs will be offered from 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. followed by an hour for Joyce Byers to sign purchases and again from 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. with an additional hour for signing. Each program will include a 45-minute character presentation with “General and Lady Washington” .
For our customers’ convenience, a special Byers' Choice shop will be set up in the Vaughan Lobby and additional and limited edition Carolers will be available only at this very special event.
This event is free. Advance registration is not required.