West Front Carpentry Work
Monday, July 08, 2019
Paint removal of the west front of the Mansion was completed on June 7. Since then, our team of preservation carpenters has been hard at work completing wood repairs on the top levels of the scaffolding. Luckily, the siding is in good condition, thanks in part to the sand-painted coating that has provided protection over the years.
At the same time…
George Washington's Dream Day
Friday, July 05, 2019
Have you ever wondered how George Washington would spend his dream day? Would he sleep in? Or maybe spending the afternoon reading on his piazza? An article from The Washington Post by Rachel Podnar asks the General how he would spend his day.
"There is no place that I have ever wanted to be throughout the entirety of my adult life, rather than sitting…
"50 Years of Love"
Friday, June 28, 2019
Visit George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill between July 3-10 and snap a picture with the "LOVEwork" sign, part of the Virginia is for Lovers Campain. The Distillery & Gristmill is included with Mount Vernon admission, or you can purchase a Distillery & Gristmill pass on-site for just $6.
Watch the mighty gears turning and the stones…
Summer Changes in the Mansion
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
To celebrate the start of summer, the collections staff made some changes to the Mansion. The scenarios in the New Room, Dining Room, Washington Bedchamber, Butler’s Pantry, Kitchen, and Greenhouse Slave Quarters reveal this seasonal change.
A striking addition to the New Room remains “Nelly’s New Harpsichord.” This replica of the original…
A Teacher’s Perspective: Teaching Place with Mount Vernon
Friday, June 14, 2019
During the summer of 2018, I was fortunate to visit Mount Vernon for the first time as part of the George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Program (GWTI), a professional development program for teachers around the country. During our time at the estate, my fellow GWTI participants and I were immersed in lectures, discussions, and tours that…
A Teacher’s Perspective: Martha Washington
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
by Kim Greer
My experiences with Mount Vernon as a teaching resource began in 2005 when I first led a group of middle school students on an educational trip to Washington D.C. We visited Washington’s home and were fascinated by life there. I continue to visit Mount Vernon every other year with students, but as their online resources have grown, so…
Be Washington Wins Award of Outstanding Achievement
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Mount Vernon’s interactive theater, Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead, has been awarded the Thea Award of Outstanding Achievement in the museum experience, limited budget category from the Themed Entertainment Association. This award acknowledges excellence for the creation of compelling educational, historical and entertainment projects and reinforces…
Mount Vernon in a New Lens
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
by Greg Werkheiser, CEO of ARtGlass
Be Washington: One Year Later
Monday, March 25, 2019
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…