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Labor Day Weekend: Last Chance to View Iconic "Prayer at Valley Forge"

Fri, 08/17/2012

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2012

Media contact:
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203

Labor Day Weekend: Last Chance to View Iconic “Prayer at Valley Forge”

Arnold Friberg’s Dramatic Painting of George Washington on Display through Sept 3

MOUNT VERNON, VA – After four years and millions of visitors admiring its display, the iconic Arnold Friberg painting “Prayer at Valley Forge”, depicting General Washington in a moment of prayer in the snow, will leave Mount Vernon.  Visitors to Mount Vernon over Labor Day weekend will have the final chance to view the painting.

Artist Arnold Friberg’s “The Prayer at Valley Forge” painting depicting General Washington kneeling in prayer during the critical winter months at Valley Forge in Historic Mount Vernon’s Donald W. Reynolds building lobby. Friberg spent two years creating the lifelike painting, which included the artist traveling to Valley Forge during winter. In addition to experiencing Valley Forge, Friberg spent countless hours researching Washington through museums, libraries and individuals to create a painting that captures the essence of a private moment during a crucial time in this country’s history. The painting was created to commemorate the United States’ bicentennial celebration of 1776.

Access to the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center building is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children under 5 are admitted free.  Please visit for information and to plan a visit to the Estate.


Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.

Public Information: 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD);

Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & 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.