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Mount Vernon Secret Decoder Necklace

Price: $9.95

George Washington, America’s first spymaster, considered the accumulation of secret intelligence as one of his most important weapons. He cleverly employed spies, covert operations, and disinformation in a surprisingly modern fashion. “Everything, in a manner, depends upon obtaining intelligence,” he noted. “Secrecy and dispatch may prove the soul of success…”

The decoder is a lettered dial inside another differently lettered dial. Turn the inside dial of your secret decoder to create or decipher messages.

The decoder is 1” in diameter and is suspended on a 22” fabric cord.

Warning: Choking Hazard- Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Phillis Sings Out Freedom

Price: $16.99

By Ann Malaspina. Illustrated by Susan Keeter. ISBN 978-0-8075-6545-2. Copyright 2010. Hardcover with 32 pages.

In the fall of 1775, General George Washington was struggling to find a way to fight the British so that the colonies could be free from England. Phillis Wheatley, an African American poet who herself had struggled to gain freedom, decided to write a poem of encouragement for Washington.

The inspiring story of the life and times of the poet and warrior is enhanced by richly colored oil paintings on each page.

Recommended for ages 7-10. Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50. ATOS Level: 4.80.


The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy

Price: $37.50

By Jeffrey L. Pasley. ISBN 978-0-7006-1907-8. Copyright 2013. Hardcover with 516 pages including 19 black and white illustrations, notes, bibliographic essay, and index.

Finalist for the 2014 George Washington Book Prize.

The election of 1796 was America’s first contested presidential election. At that time, political parties were frowned upon, there was no national vote and the candidates did not even participate! The public images of Adams and Jefferson were created by supporters and detractors in the press with newspaper editors, minor officials, now forgotten congressmen, and individual elector candidates all taking a leading role in the politics of the day.

The election is depicted here as a rough draft of the democratic presidential contests to come. It set the geographic pattern of New England competing with the South at the extremes of American politics, and established the basic ideological dynamic of a liberal, rights-spreading American left arrayed against a conservative, society-protecting right, each with its own competing model of leadership.


Double Columbine Seed Pack

Price: $3.00

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Nora Barlow’. Nora Barlow is a modern name attached to this ancient type of "rose" columbine in which the sepals are doubled with an unusual greenish tinge. These types were illustrated in European herbals of the early seventeenth century and have been cultivated for over two hundred years.

This lovely perennial will produce an abundance of nodding pink to red blossoms on long stems above beautiful lush foliage late spring to early summer.

Plants grow 2-3’ tall and 1-1.5’ wide and will grow in full sun to shade in a wide range of soil conditions. Ideal conditions for columbine are rich, moist soil with good drainage and light shade.

Sow seeds in spring or fall in moist soil with a thin layer of vermiculite. Keep trays moist but not soggy in bright light. Transfer seedlings to the garden when ready and they should bloom the second year after germination.

Seeds may also be sown directly into the garden in the fall when the temperatures cool or in the spring after the last frost.

USDA Zones 3-9.

Heirloom seeds are collected, cleaned and packaged by hand at Mount Vernon.

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Price: $35.00

By Alan Taylor, winner of the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes for his histories of early America. ISBN 978-0-393-07371-3. Copyright 2013. Hardcover with 605 pages including 37 black and white maps and illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography and index.

Finalist for the 2014 George Washington Book Prize.

Frederick Douglass recalled that slaves living along the Chesapeake Bay longingly viewed sailing ships as “freedom’s swift-winged angels.” In 1813, those angels appeared in the bay as British warships coming to punish the Americas for declaring war on Britain. Over many nights, hundreds of slaves, seeking protection for their families from the ravages of slavery, paddled out to the warships and pressured the British admirals to become liberators. As guides, pilots, sailors, and marines, the former slaves used their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war.  They enabled the British to escalate their onshore attacks and to capture and burn Washington, D.C. Tidewater masters had long dreaded their slaves as “an internal enemy” and by mobilizing that enemy, the war ignited the deepest fears of Chesapeake slaveholders and alienated Virginians from a national government that had neglected their defense. In 1820 Thomas Jefferson observed this sectionalism as a turn from the national purpose of the founding toward the threat of disunion.



Blue Coco Pole Bean Seed Pack

Price: $3.00

Phaseolus vulgaris. This heirloom pole bean is one of the oldest of the purple podded pole varieties, having been grown in France as early as 1775.

The plants produce high yields of purple beans that can be eaten young as snap beans or grown to maturity and used as a dry bean. It is a great variety for areas with a short growing season as it is an early variety and it tolerates a range of growing conditions.

Beans grow best in full sun with moist, well-drained soil. Sow beans directly into the ground in spring when soil temperatures are 65° or warmer. Soak beans in water for a couple hours and then sow 3-4 seeds per pole, spaced 2-3” apart and 1” deep. 60 days for green beans, 100+ days for dry beans.

Heirloom seeds are collected, cleaned and packaged by hand at Mount Vernon.

Dunmore’s New World

Price: $29.95

By James Corbett David. ISBN 9780813934242. Copyright 2013. Hardcover with 280 pages including notes and index.

Dunmore’s New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America – with Jacobites, Counterfeiters, Land Schemes, Shipwrecks, Scalping, Indian Politics, Runaway Slaves, and Two Illegal Royal Weddings tells the stranger-than-fiction story of Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia. Dunmore was a Scots aristocrat who, even with a family history of treason, managed to obtain a commission in the British army, a seat in the House of Lords, and three executive appointments in the American colonies. Despite his 1775 proclamation promising freedom to slaves of Virginia rebels, Dunmore himself was a slaveholder at a time when the African slave trade was facing tremendous popular opposition in Great Britain. He undertook an unauthorized Indian war in the Ohio Valley, now known as Dunmore’s War, which was instrumental in opening the Kentucky country to white settlement. Dunmore’s life story, which boasts a measure of scandal and intrigue rare in the annals of the colonial world, includes the support he gave his daughter in regard to her secret, illegal marriage to the youngest son of George III.

A Mount Vernon bookplate, signed by the author, is included with your purchase.





Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés

Price: $35.00

Edited by Robert M. S. McDonald. ISBN 978-0-8139-3438-9. Copyright 2013. Hardcover with 285 pages including index.

These essays from leading scholars analyze Washington’s relationships with and influence on the lives, careers, and characters of the members of a diverse fraternity of younger men. Daniel Morgan, Anthony Wayne, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, Henry Knox, Nathanael Greene, Gouverneur Morris, Alexander Hamilton, and the Marquis de Lafayette were not all his closest associates, but are important figures in that their interactions with Washington provide glimpses into various aspects of his capabilities for management, motivation, control, and the cultivation of talent.


Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies

Price: $17.99

By Cokie Roberts. Illustrated by Diane Goode. ISBN: 978-0-06-078002-9. Copyright 2014. Hardcover with 37 illustrated pages.

Caldecott Honor winning artist Diane Goode has illustrated this nonfiction picture book based on Cokie Roberts’ acclaimed work for adults, “Founding Mothers”, which highlights the female patriots of the American Revolution.

This compelling book contains stories of heroic women such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Phillis Wheatley, Mercy Otis Warren, and Sarah Livingston Jay and excerpts from their handwritten letters and journals.

For ages 7 -12.

Supports the Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies.


George Washington Spymaster Hangman Magnetic Game with Secret Decoder

Price: $9.95

Magnetic letters and body parts allow you to play Hangman, the classic word game, anywhere. Guess an incorrect letter and a body part is added. Solve the word before your spy gets hanged!

The Hangman Magnetic Game contains one magnetic game board with secret decoder and one sheet of magnetic game pieces. There are 80 letters, 12 Hangman Spy Body parts (enough for 2 complete spies), and 4 scoring magnets.

Warning: Choking Hazard- Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Recommended for ages 9 and up with parental approval.


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