Huzzah! George Washington’s Distillery Wins Silver at American Craft Spirits Awards
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
George Washington’s Rye Whiskey®, the official state spirit of the Commonwealth of Virginia, received a silver medal at the 2019 American Craft Spirits Association Awards earlier this year—a top award among white (unaged) whiskies nationwide.
The unaged rye whiskey was made from Washington's original recipe using 18th-century methods and equipment…
Hair as Historic Artifact
Friday, February 15, 2019
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…
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.…
Front Parlor Form and Function: Architectural Clues
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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…
Keeping Warm in the 18th-Century Winter
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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.
Recent and Upcoming Archaeological Projects at Mount Vernon
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
by Sean Devlin
As archaeologists we use diverse bits of evidence to learn more about how people have shaped the landscape of Mount Vernon over time, and in turn how the landscape has shaped the interactions of people with each other throughout the past. This evidence is incredibly diverse in form and age. Everything from a building foundation to a…
'Twas the Night of Christmas
Monday, December 24, 2018
General George Washington reminiscences about the famous crossing of the Delaware River on the evening of December 25, 1776.
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How Mount Vernon Decorates for Christmas
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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…
Law and Order: How a Founding Father was Robbed
Sunday, December 16, 2018
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,…
In-Depth Look At George Washington's Will
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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…