When the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association took possession of Mount Vernon in 1860, only a few original objects remained. Since that time, generous gifts and acquisitions have allowed many of Mount Vernon’s objects to return home.
The Fine and Decorative Arts collection now contains more than 15,000 objects, including paintings, engravings, sculpture, furniture, metals, glass, ceramics, textiles, and tools. The primary focus is the objects owned by or related to George Washington and his family. Period pieces similar to original Mount Vernon objects are also included, to help create a fuller picture of life on the estate. In recent years, the Ladies’ Association has begun to expand its collection to include objects related to George Washington’s military career, presidency, and legacy.