Steve Bashore, the Master Miller at Mount Vernon, speaks with Rob Grassi about the history and role of French Burr stones in colonial mills. The two also discuss how these important stones were maintained and kept sharp.
Steve Bashore, Mount Vernon's Master Miller, and Rob Grassi discuss the importance of mill stone dressing and how this old and important trade was performed. This video was shot in February 2014 at George Washington's Gristmill at Mount Vernon.
Adam Erby, Assistant Curator of Fine and Decorative Arts at George Washington's Mount Vernon, provides an overview of the new Gardens & Groves exhibit opening at Mount Vernon on February 22, 2014. Learn more about George Washington's influence on the landscape at Mount Vernon and more about what you can see within this exciting new exhibit.
Assistant Curator Adam Erby describes the history and design of the Vaughan Mantel - the decorative marble mantelpiece that sits at the heart of Washington's New Room at Mount Vernon. This decorative mantel is currently undergoing restoration at Mount Vernon.
2013 was a remarkable year here at Mount Vernon. In addition to countless events here at the estate, we were excited by the launch of our new Fred W. Smith National Library. We hope you will enjoy seeing all the great times we had here at Mount Vernon in 2013 and we will look forward to seeing you in 2014.
Amanda Isaac, Associate Curator at George Washington's Mount Vernon, describes the many improvements and repairs that we seek to bring about in the historic Nelly Custis Bedchamber at Mount Vernon. We need your help in this important endeavor. Your donations will help us to return this room to its true 1799 state.
George Washington served as a mentor to the young Hamilton, who joined his military “family” as an aide de camp during the Revolutionary War. Hamilton later served in Washington’s cabinet as Secretary of the Treasury and was a trusted adviser to the first president. Upon hearing of Washington’s death, Hamilton was in the unique position of feeling the loss of a personal friend and mentor, and understanding the loss to a nation.
The young Marquis arrived in America at the age of 19 ready to serve the cause of liberty in the American Revolution. He quickly became part of Washington’s military family and over the years, their relationship grew to that of a father and his adoptive son. When Lafayette was imprisoned during the French Revolution, he sent his son, George Washington Lafayette to live with President and Mrs. Washington where the he was treated as family. Although they did not see each other, the friendship between Washington and Lafayette remained closely knit through correspondence. At Washington’s death, Lafayette keenly felt the loss of a much beloved father figure as well as a symbol to the world of quiet leadership and honor.
James Craik and George Washington shared over 40 years of friendship. Craik, who served with Washington in both the French and Indian War and later in the Revolutionary War, was also Washington’s personal physician. On the morning of December 14, Craik was called to treat his old friend, who had fallen ill in the night.
Imagine a world turned upside down? From the time of your birth until early adulthood, George Washington had been a constant in your life. You have never known a time when the General did not stand ready to lead the nation. What will the future hold?
Amanda Isaac, Associate Curator at George Washington's Mount Vernon, highlights the late 18th century crib that Martha Washington gave to her pregnant granddaughter, Nelly Custis. This remarkable artifact sits in the Nelly Custis Bedchamber in the Mount Vernon mansion.
Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at George Washington's Mount Vernon, talks about the historical importance that George Washington placed on obtaining ongoing supplies of seeds and the methods used today to continue this practice today.
Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at George Washington's Mount Vernon, describes all the important tasks and activities taking place during the early winter days. Think his team is taking the season off? Think again!
Dr. Doug Bradburn discusses the creation of President George Washington's cabinet. How did Washington expect this cabinet, originally made up of Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph, to function and what challenges did he face?
Eleanor Breen, Deputy Director for Archaeology and Dr. Esther White, Director for Historic Preservation and Research at Mount Vernon highlight a number of the interesting archaeological objects discovered at the House for Families excavation at Mount Vernon. The House for Families was one of the primary quarters for the enslaved community assigned to Mansion House Farm before the building was removed in the early 1790s.
Professors Doug Bradburn, Ed Larson, and James Kirby Martin discuss the rise of party politics and the challenges of government in the 1790s in the United States. This video was produced at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
Highlights from the September 27, 2013 Opening Ceremony for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Includes segments from Curt Viebranz, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine, Regent Ann Bookout, Governor Bob McDonnell, Dr. Doug Bradburn, Mr. David McCullough, Amy Grant and Vince Gill.
Professors Doug Bradburn, Ed Larson, and James Kirby Martin share their thoughts on how our Founding Fathers might have reacted to the challenges that we face at the Federal government level in the United States today. This video was produced at the newly opened Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
Curt Viebranz, President and CEO of George Washington's Mount Vernon, takes you on a tour of the The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington which will formally open on September 27, 2013.
Learn more about George Washington and his enslaved population at Mount Vernon. At Mount Vernon you can learn more about slave life at the estate and see some of the places where slaves lived and worked.
Dr. Susan Schoelwer, Curator at Mount Vernon, highlights the many interesting facets around George Washington's dentures. Mount Vernon's set of dentures is the only surviving full set worn by Washington.