Alexander Hamilton: Washington's Military Family

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

By Joseph Stoltz, digital historian Thanks to the hit play Hamilton: An American Musical, we know that Alexander Hamilton was George Washington’s “right hand man,” but what did Hamilton actually do? You, dear reader, proudly announce, “Hamilton was Washington’s aide-de-camp!” Bravo! But what is it that an aide actually does? Now you may be starting…

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"Mrs. Washington" on Martha's Summer Activites

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

by Elizabeth Keaney Portraying young Martha Washington during the last four weeks has given me incredible insight into life of the mistress of Mount Vernon. While researching for this role, I was curious how she celebrated her birthday on June 2. While my search for information was unsuccessful, I was able to construct a schedule for how she spent…

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Dairies at Mount Vernon

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mount Vernon's Pioneer Farm is bustling with activity at this time of year. Beginning June 2, the historic trades interpreters will demonstrate how to create dairy products with 18th-century methods. While the team uses store-bought milk and cream in these demonstrations, Washington would have used milk from his cattle to make cheese, butter, and ice…

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Behind the Lines with a Revolutionary War Reenactor

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Marshall Smith has been a reenactor with the First Virginia Regiment for decades. He answered a few questions about his experiences: Who do you portray? I am an infantry officer, a captain in the First Virginia Regiment. How did you get involved with reenacting? I came across a magazine in the early 1980s called Living History. They had an article…

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Front Parlor Form and Function: Architectural Clues

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

by Caroline Spurry, Architectural Historian The architecture of a room, particularly its form and finishes, can provide a great deal of information about the function of the space within a building. Form and function in gentry houses experienced a marked evolution in the 18th century. The evolution of Mount Vernon’s Mansion, and specifically its front…

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Building 18th-Century Doors

Monday, April 09, 2018

The double doors leading from Mount Vernon’s piazza to the Mansion’s central passage serve as the gatekeepers to George Washington’s beloved home, granting access to Mount Vernon’s visitors and keeping the interior safe from the elements. These overlooked architectural marvels have weathered 63 years of devastating storms and heavy usage. Mount Vernon…

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