In 1858, Ann Pamela Cunningham and the Ladies of Mount Vernon helped save Washington's home. Learn more about how we preserve his world today.

Mount Vernon is owned and maintained by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the oldest national historic preservation organization in the United States. Founded in 1853 by Ann Pamela Cunningham, the Association has pioneered many important historic preservation concepts since purchasing the property from George Washington’s heirs in 1858, including: the restoration and interpretation of the estate's outbuildings; relying on scientific analyses to determine paint colors; and embracing archaeological research as a primary source for learning about the past.

Ann Pamela Cunningham

The founder of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, Ann Pamela Cunningham was responsible for creating the organization responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the Mount Vernon estate.

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Henry Ford to the Rescue

Ford was a devoted supporter of Mount Vernon, and through the continued generosity of the Ford Motor Company, his appreciation for American history and his sense of patriotic philanthropy lives on.

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