Keeping Warm in the 18th-Century Winter

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Keeping Warm in the 18th-Century Winter

The passing of Twelfth Night will the end of another Christmas for the Washingtons and signal collections staff to ready the Mansion for the long, cold, and quieter winter months ahead. The Washingtons’ guests have packed their bags and headed home. Today's visitors in the Mansion can learn how the Washingtons kept warm during the 18th century. Washington…


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How Mount Vernon Decorates for Christmas

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

How Mount Vernon Decorates for Christmas

A visit to Mount Vernon begins in the Ford Orientation Center, and during the holidays this space is decorated with a dozen Christmas trees. As you walk into the historic area, Aladdin greets you on the 12-acre field and lanterns line the paths. You may notice that there is no greenery in the Mansion like we see in modern homes. In the 18th century…


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Law and Order: How a Founding Father was Robbed

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Law and Order: How a Founding Father was Robbed

Mount Vernon’s staff have rediscovered an interesting story from George Washington’s youth: During a summertime swim in the 1750s, Washington was robbed while in the Rappahannock River. In December of 1751, Ann Carrol and Mary McDaniel stood trial for “Suspicion of Felony, & Charged with robing the Cloaths of Mr. George Washington”. At some point,…


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In-Depth Look At George Washington's Will

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In-Depth Look At George Washington's Will

A will is the last piece of documentation you would expect to gain insight to a person's thought process and personality. However, George Washington's will surprisingly humanizes a man who has been immortalized in history books and public statues. Join us as we visit the Fairfax County Courthouse and learn about the personal side few know of the famous…


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Making George Washington Bourbon™

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Making George Washington Bourbon™

by Steve Bashore, Director of Historic Trades This November the distilling team in the historic trades department branched out from our usual rye whiskey production run, working with our consulting distiller, Lisa Wicker, to create the very first George Washington Bourbon™. The first question that arises: did Washington produce bourbon at Mount Vernon…


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