Be Washington Wins Award of Outstanding Achievement

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Be Washington Wins Award of Outstanding Achievement

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…


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Colonial Arts: Air & Optics

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Colonial Arts: Air & Optics

Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair features dozens of America’s finest historic craftspeople who display their talents and wares. Jon Stealey of Findlay, OH, has participated in the festival since 2013, sharing his collection of camera obscurae with fair-goers.


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Colonial Superstitions

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Colonial Superstitions

Superstitions: beliefs or notions not based on reason or knowledge in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like. Many of the common superstitions we recognize today--walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, opening an umbrella indoors--originated well before Washington’s time. The American…


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Guide Dogs Visit Mount Vernon

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Guide Dogs Visit Mount Vernon

As a dog-friendly site, Mount Vernon welcomes pups and their humans to explore the estate. In early October, the estate welcomed a special group of canines from the Guide Dog Foundation. These six labs/lab mixes and a poodle practiced good behavior in challenging situations to prepare them for their future placements as guide dogs. From left to right: Clark:…


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Washington's Wheat Treading Innovation

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

At Mount Vernon, we have re-created the unique wheat treading process that George Washington used during his day. These demonstrations are offered July through October at the 16-Sided Barn. In preparation for these demonstrations, our historic tradesmen ventured to an Amish farm in rural Maryland to gather wheat similar to the grains of Washington's…


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Boiling, Baking, and Curling 18th-Century Wigs

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Boiling, Baking, and Curling 18th-Century Wigs

by Sean Devlin, Curator of Archaeological Collections Excavated from the South Grove, these five objects offer an interesting chance to explore eighteenth century life and how archaeologists attempt to learn more about it through material evidence. In this discussion, I want to walk you through how archaeologists approach interpreting artifacts. Step…


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Why Make Wine in Virginia?

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Why Make Wine in Virginia?

For more than 20 years, Mount Vernon has hosted a wine festival to celebrate the rich tradition of Virginia wine. Since the first colonists arrived, viticulturists—or grape growers—struggled to grow wine grapes on Virginian soil. Even skilled agriculturalists George Washington and Thomas Jefferson tried and failed many times to grow wine grapes at their…


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Mary Ball Washington's Battle with Breast Cancer

Monday, October 01, 2018

Mary Ball Washington's Battle with Breast Cancer

by Mary V. Thompson In the spring of 1787, as George Washington was preparing to leave Mount Vernon to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, an express rider arrived, carrying an emergency summons to Fredericksburg, Virginia. In telling a friend about his change of plans, Washington noted that “not a moment is to be lost,” because his…


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