Did you know that there are 3-D images of Mount Vernon that are more than 150 years old?  Our new photography exhibit allows you to see some of these amazing and historic stereoviews from our collection as modern 3-D photographs.  Stand where photographers like Alexander Gardner or the Langenheim Brothers stood when taking their photos. Through these images you will be able to see what has changed and not changed here at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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We have recreated these historic views by digitally scanning original Mount Vernon stereoview cards and overlaying them as modern 3-D images called anaglyphs. Visitors to Mount Vernon can see the 3-D images mounted on signs and placed in corresponding locations across the estate.

About Stereoviews


Stereoview cards featured two photographs printed side by side, one for the left eye, and one for the right. When looking through a stereoscope, the two flat pictures blend into a single image giving the illusion of depth.

This photographic technique originated in the 1840s and was popular until the 1930s, when movies and other modern media took center stage. In the late 19th century, looking at stereoviews of famous and faraway landmarks was a popular pastime.

Early Photography at Mount Vernon


When the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association opened the property to the public in 1860, they also undertook a series of extensive—and costly—repairs and renovations.

It was not long before they saw the opportunity to harness the emerging technology of photography to help showcase the glory of this landmark property. By selling views of Mount Vernon in photographs and stereoviews, the Association could continue to raise funds for the ongoing work of preserving the site.

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Alexander Gardner: One of Mount Vernon's official photographers

Exhibit Details

Step back in time for a glimpse of historic views of George Washington’s estate, recreated with today’s 3-D Technology.

We have recreated these historic views by digitally scanning original Mount Vernon stereoview cards and overlaying them as modern 3-D images called anaglyphs. See the 3-D images mounted on signs and placed in corresponding locations across the estate.

Exhibit Dates

Mount Vernon in 3-D will run from Saturday, August 1 through Friday, November 20.

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