Hair as Historic Artifact

Friday, February 15, 2019

Hair as Historic Artifact

In Mount Vernon’s collection, more than 50 examples of George Washington’s hair are preserved inside frames, paper, and jewelry. Some pieces of jewelry containing Washington’s hair were made before or immediately after his death, most were made in later periods. Public displays of hair from friends or loved ones peaked in the 19th century, but had long…


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Bringing George Washington into the Classroom

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

by Zerah Jakub, Manager of Education Communication and Outreach One of the focuses of the Mount Vernon Education Department is finding ways to bring George Washington into classrooms around the country. We do this by providing teachers with professional development training opportunities, with classroom resources, and through our digital presence.…


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Front Parlor Form and Function: Architectural Clues

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Front Parlor Form and Function: Architectural Clues

Photo Credit: Gavin Ashworth 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…


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Keeping Warm in the 18th-Century Winter

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Keeping Warm in the 18th-Century Winter

The passing of Twelfth Night will the end of another Christmas for the Washingtons and signal collections staff to ready the Mansion for the long, cold, and quieter winter months ahead. The Washingtons’ guests have packed their bags and headed home. Today's visitors in the Mansion can learn how the Washingtons kept warm during the 18th century. Washington…


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How Mount Vernon Decorates for Christmas

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

How Mount Vernon Decorates for Christmas

A visit to Mount Vernon begins in the Ford Orientation Center, and during the holidays this space is decorated with a dozen Christmas trees. As you walk into the historic area, Aladdin greets you on the 12-acre field and lanterns line the paths. You may notice that there is no greenery in the Mansion like we see in modern homes. In the 18th century…


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Law and Order: How a Founding Father was Robbed

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Law and Order: How a Founding Father was Robbed

Mount Vernon’s staff have rediscovered an interesting story from George Washington’s youth: During a summertime swim in the 1750s, Washington was robbed while in the Rappahannock River. In December of 1751, Ann Carrol and Mary McDaniel stood trial for “Suspicion of Felony, & Charged with robing the Cloaths of Mr. George Washington”. At some point,…


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In-Depth Look At George Washington's Will

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In-Depth Look At George Washington's Will

A will is the last piece of documentation you would expect to gain insight to a person's thought process and personality. However, George Washington's will surprisingly humanizes a man who has been immortalized in history books and public statues. Join us as we visit the Fairfax County Courthouse and learn about the personal side few know of the famous…


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