George and Martha Washington were renowned for the abundant hospitality that they offered at Mount Vernon. As George Washington’s status as a world figure emerged, the numbers of visitors to his famous home also grew with each passing year. Journal entries and reminiscences left by friends, family members and visitors offer vivid and invaluable glimpses into the Washingtons’ home. Today, as in Washington’s time, Mount Vernon remains a centerpiece of hospitality and heritage which honors the man who was “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
Mount Vernon’s 2012 ornament commemorates that hospitality with a painting inspired by artist G. F. Gilman’s original 1878 print of Mount Vernon and an early visitor’s quote praising the Washingtons’ gracious ways. The image of the painting on a softly edged porcelain rectangle is surrounded by a decorative frame with a 24kt gold finish. The frame is topped with a pineapple, widely regarded as a symbol of hospitality. The reverse side of the ornament is inscribed: “The elegant Hospitality exercised at Mount Vernon…renders it a most delightful Residence to your Friends.” – Eliza Powell to Martha Washington 1787
The image of Mount Vernon is 2” x 1 ½” while the overall ornament is 3” x 2 ½” and includes a red ribbon for hanging.
Beautifully gift boxed with an educational enclosure card.