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Former White House Pastry Chef to Create Gingerbread Masterpiece

Mon, 11/07/2011

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Melisa Wood

Former White House Pastry Chef to Create Gingerbread Masterpiece

Visitors to Watch as Five-Foot Gingerbread Mount Vernon Created Before Their Eyes!
MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Mount Vernon welcomes former White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier as he creates a gingerbread replica of George Washington’s home from November 14 through November 22. Visitors can watch as Mesnier constructs the masterpiece, which will include intricate details such as works of art on walls and several marzipan figures, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Vaughan Lobby, near the Shops at Mount Vernon. No admission is required to enter the Vaughan Lobby and Shops at Mount Vernon. However, please note that general admission ($15/adult, $7/child) is required to enter the estate.

The five-foot-wide and two-foot-tall gingerbread Mansion replica will be on display as part of the Christmas at Mount Vernon daytime event, (included in Estate admission) which begins on November 25.  Please visit for more information and to purchase tickets.


Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.
Public Information: 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD);

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.  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. 

Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Regular admission rates: adults, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE.  Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.