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.

Restoring Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is one of the best documented and most complete examples of an estate from early America, but discovering, analyzing, and interpreting the extraordinary mass of available evidence is an ongoing process.

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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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