From 1754 to 1799, George Washington called Mount Vernon home. In 1853, Ann Pamela Cunningham and a group of likeminded patriotic women formed the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, which raised the funds necessary to preserve the estate. More than 150 years after Cunningham’s call to save Washington’s home, Mount Vernon stands as a symbol of the life and legacy of the Father of our Country, as well as a testament to the perseverance of one of the first historic preservation groups ever formed.
Today, thanks to the continued vision of generations of patriotic, philanthropic Americans, Mount Vernon thrives as a national treasure—where visitors can experience the estate as it was when George and Martha Washington lived there in 1799.
Many friends of Mount Vernon have discovered creative ways to support Washington’s home. For example:
Thanks to your generosity, Mount Vernon will benefit millions of future visitors who, by experiencing Washington’s home, will understand the extraordinary life and vision of our nation’s first president.