Keeping Warm in the 18th-Century Winter
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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.
Recent and Upcoming Archaeological Projects at Mount Vernon
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
by Sean Devlin
As archaeologists we use diverse bits of evidence to learn more about how people have shaped the landscape of Mount Vernon over time, and in turn how the landscape has shaped the interactions of people with each other throughout the past. This evidence is incredibly diverse in form and age. Everything from a building foundation to a…
'Twas the Night of Christmas
Monday, December 24, 2018
General George Washington reminiscences about the famous crossing of the Delaware River on the evening of December 25, 1776.
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How Mount Vernon Decorates for Christmas
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
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…
Law and Order: How a Founding Father was Robbed
Sunday, December 16, 2018
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,…
In-Depth Look At George Washington's Will
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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…
Making George Washington Bourbon™
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
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…
From the Shops: Christmas Gift Guide
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Need a unique gift for the holiday season? Check out our annual gift guide!
Visiting George Washington’s British Ancestry at Sulgrave Manor
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Tucked away in the English country side is a rare and important piece of history few know about. It is the home of George Washington’s ancestors: Sulgrave Manor. George Washington may have been one of the founding fathers of the United States, but do you know where his family came from, who they were, and what they did? Our digital storyteller takes…
Was George Washington a Republican or a Democrat?
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Why was Washington not a member of a political party? Dr. Kevin Butterfield, executive director of the Washington Library, explains.