Unseen Collections Revealed!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
We recently launched a new vlog series to show a side of Mount Vernon rarely seen by the public. The first episode explores Mount Vernon's hidden treasures with our collections team.
The collections staff oversees the 10,000 objects in the fine and decorative arts collection. The items in the collection that aren't on display in the Mansion or museum…
Traditional 18th Century Sheep Shearing
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Sheep were an important commodity to George Washington at Mount Vernon, and our livestock team keeps the history alive of their role to this day. They raise and breed Hog Island sheep, a breed similar to those Washington kept.
Wool keeps sheep warm during the winter, but it was sheared to make clothes and blankets in the colonies.
Today, Mount Vernon…
How to Make 18th-Century "Common Patties"
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
"Common Patties" were a meat pastry commonly eaten in colonial America. Learn how to make them at home!
Ground beef or veal2 slices of baconPastry dough1 bunch Parsley1 bunch ThymeSalt to tastePepper to tasteGrated nutmeg to taste
1. Take some ground meat (veal, beef etc.) and some boiled ham or bacon chopped very fine, season…
5 Father's Day Gifts You Can Only Find at Mount Vernon
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Having a hard time finding a gift for dad? Here are some unique gift ideas you can find at the Shops at Mount Vernon.
Meet 18th Century Herbalist, Betz Golon
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Betz Golon has traveled from Maine to Mount Vernon for more than 20 years to teach visitors how herbs were used in cooking and medicine throughout history. As an herbal historian, Betz combines her passions for history and botany to make products for museums, focusing on the herbs' recorded history.
"All our products are made using organic herbs. Blends…
18th-Century Mantel Repairs and Reinstallation
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A key feature of the architectural restoration of the Blue Room is the repair and reinstallation of the room’s original 18th-century mantel. When the room was restored in the early 1980s, it was thought that the mantel in place at that time was not original, so it was removed and placed in storage. However, recent physical investigation, paint analysis…
Mount Vernon Salutes the 2016 Sailors of the Year
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Each year, Mount Vernon has the honor of welcoming the finalists for the U.S. Navy's Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year awards. Last Monday, the 2016 nominees and their families got a behind-the-scenes look of the home of the first commander in chief as part of a week-long visit to Washington D.C.
Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class Courtney…
Bottle Babies to BFFs
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Meet Pepperdine, a two-month-old Hog Island lamb.
Conan (yes, he's named after Conan O'Brien) is an Ossabaw hog who was born on St. Patrick's Day.
When their moms needed help raising them, Conan and Pepperdine went home with our Livestock team to be bottle fed for several weeks. While living together, the adorable duo became best friends.
Window Sash Restoration and Conservation
Monday, May 08, 2017
As noted in previous blog updates, the Blue Room restoration involves many architecture-related activities. One such activity was addressing the window sashes, which were in need of repair, reglazing (resetting panes) and repainting. The window sashes are the wooden frames that hold the window panes and slide up or down in the larger window frame.
You Dig It? Hands-on History Lessons
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Each spring, thousands of students visit Mount Vernon to learn about history in unique and surprising ways. Last week, a group of high school seniors from Akron, Ohio, visited the estate to study archaeology. James Anderson, an alumnus of the George Washington Teachers Institute, has brought his archaeology class to the estate for the last five years…