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Washington's View Through the Years

As an adult, Washington recognized and celebrated the beauty of the Potomac and its connection to his life at Mount Vernon, once describing the Potomac as “one of the finest Rivers in the world.” This online gallery of images is designed to convey the majesty and beauty of this historic view throughout the years unto modern times.

Samuel Vaughan Journal, August 1787
Detail - Samuel Vaughan Journal, August 1787

View of Mount Vernon, the Seat of Gen. Washington
View of Mount Vernon, the Seat of Gen. Washington

Isaac Weld, December 1798

View of Mount Vernon with the Washington Family on the Portico
View of Mount Vernon with the Washington Family on the Portico

Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1796

Photographer and date unknown
Photographer and date unknown

Detroit Photographic Co., c. 1900
Detroit Photographic Co., c. 1900

Photograph by Robert Fisher, 1971

Photograph by Robert Fisher, 1971

Photograph by Walter Smalling, 2013

Photograph by Walter Smalling, 2013

Photograph by Marc LeFrancois, 1992
Photograph by Marc LeFrancois, 1992

Photograph by Ron Hirshon, 2006
Photograph by Ron Hirshon, 2006

Photograph by Robert Shenk, April 2013
Photograph by Robert Shenk, April 2013