Podcast: Joe Stoltz on Washington the Surveyor

Thursday, July 19, 2018

As the third-born son, Washington needed a practical career for himself to make money. He read The Art of Surveying and Measuring Land, which helped solidify his future career path—first as a surveyor, then as a military officer. The Washington Library's digital historian, Joe Stoltz, was recently interviewed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence…


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The Bastille Key Case Conservation

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Marquis de Lafayette gifted the Bastille Key to George Washington in 1790. The key was showcased in Philadelphia before moving to Mount Vernon, where it hung in the central passage for generations of Washingtons. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BASTILLE KEY   While the Mansion was closed and the central passage was painted, the key and its original case…


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A Magnificent Dream at Mount Vernon

Monday, July 09, 2018

Forty years ago, Chef Patrick O'Connell founded the Inn at Little Washington, located approximately 70 miles west of Mount Vernon. At age 17, according to local lore, a young George Washington surveyed the village of Little Washington, named its streets and danced in a ballroom now owned by the Inn. He has been a strong influence on O'Connell's vision…


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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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