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Harden Furniture Company to Secure Historic Partnership with George Washington's Home

Tue, 04/02/2013

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2013

Media contact:

Harden Furniture:
Arlene Hall (315) 245-1000
ahall@harden.com

Mount Vernon:
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
mwood@mountvernon.org

Harden Furniture Company to Secure Historic Partnership with George Washington’s Home

Introduction Expected Fall 2013

MOUNT VERNON, VA – The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, is proud to announce a licensing partnership with The Harden Furniture Company. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1853 to preserve George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

“It’s only appropriate that Harden’s first historic license is with the first president’s home,” said Harden Furniture chief executive officer, Greg Harden. “Harden is honored to bring a 21st-century spin on classic furniture.” 

Scheduled for introduction in the fall of 2013, Mount Vernon designs will reflect the character and spirit of George Washington. Included in the collection will be items based on furnishings that are part of the estate today, adaptations and pieces that are inspired by the life of the hero of the American Revolution and our nation’s first President. Introductions will not be specific to any particular category, but will include upholstery, dining room, bedroom and occasional forms.

As the oldest furnishings manufacturer in North America, Harden brings some historical significance to the license. It was at the time of the Revolutionary war that the Harden family arrived in the wilderness of upstate New York, and the earliest history of what became Harden Furniture is a sawmill operation that provided materials for the construction of the Erie Canal. George Washington was instrumental in the construction of the Patowmack Canal prior to his death in 1799, and would certainly have been an advocate of the Erie Canal, which was first proposed in 1807.

“Mount Vernon is pleased to partner with America’s oldest furnishings manufacturer,” said Mount Vernon’s director of licensing, Beverly Addington. “These two American establishments together will create a fine furniture line fitting for the first president.”

George Washington’s Mount Vernon contains an almost unlimited amount of materials and references from which to assemble a collection of furnishings that would be familiar to Washington if he were alive today. Celebrating Washington’s fascination with innovation, Harden plans to introduce products that combine familiar forms with new functions, and to mix materials and components in a way that reflects the qualities of Mount Vernon.

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About Harden Furniture
Harden Furniture, founded in 1844, is North America’s oldest manufacturer of residential and commercial furnishings. The company is located in McConnellsville, New York and is today owned and managed by the fifth generation of the founding Harden family. For additional information, please contact Arlene Hall at 315-245-1000 or visit harden.com.

About George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Since 1860, more than 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America.  Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”  Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association receives no federal funding.  A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.