Archaeology Rediscovers the “Old Necessary”

Monday, September 30, 2019

Archaeology Rediscovers the “Old Necessary”

Mount Vernon archaeologists have relocated a Washington-era building while conducting an archaeological survey on the east lawn. In late May 1796, George Washington wrote from the presidential residence in Philadelphia to his farm manager at Mount Vernon, “I have several times spoke concerning a necessary for the Quarter People, at Mansion house . …


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Dove of Peace Weathervane Restoration

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Dove of Peace Weathervane Restoration

With the installation of the scaffolding on the cupola, Collections Conservator Linda Landry had the opportunity to examine the condition of the replica Dove of Peace weathervane. She determined that there was a considerable amount of rust and corrosion on the piece, particularly in areas where copper and iron meet. In a short amount of time, she put…


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West Front Carpentry Work

Monday, July 08, 2019

West Front Carpentry Work

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…


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George Washington's Dream Day

Friday, July 05, 2019

George Washington's Dream Day

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…


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"50 Years of Love"

Friday, June 28, 2019

"50 Years of Love"

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. Tickets Watch the mighty gears turning and the stones…


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Summer Changes in the Mansion

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summer Changes in the Mansion

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. New Room A striking addition to the New Room remains “Nelly’s New Harpsichord.” This replica of the original…


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A Teacher’s Perspective: Martha Washington

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Teacher’s Perspective: Martha Washington

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…


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Be Washington Wins Award of Outstanding Achievement

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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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