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.
Colonial Arts: Air & Optics
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair features dozens of America’s finest historic craftspeople who display their talents and wares. Jon Stealey of Findlay, OH, has participated in the festival since 2013, sharing his collection of camera obscurae with fair-goers.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Superstitions: beliefs or notions not based on reason or knowledge in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like. Many of the common superstitions we recognize today--walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, opening an umbrella indoors--originated well before Washington’s time.
Guide Dogs Visit Mount Vernon
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
As a dog-friendly site, Mount Vernon welcomes pups and their humans to explore the estate. In early October, the estate welcomed a special group of canines from the Guide Dog Foundation. These six labs/lab mixes and a poodle practiced good behavior in challenging situations to prepare them for their future placements as guide dogs.
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Washington's Wheat Treading Innovation
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
At Mount Vernon, we have re-created the unique wheat treading process that George Washington used during his day. These demonstrations are offered July through October at the 16-Sided Barn.
In preparation for these demonstrations, our historic tradesmen ventured to an Amish farm in rural Maryland to gather wheat similar to the grains of Washington's…
Boiling, Baking, and Curling 18th-Century Wigs
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
by Sean Devlin, Curator of Archaeological Collections
Excavated from the South Grove, these five objects offer an interesting chance to explore eighteenth century life and how archaeologists attempt to learn more about it through material evidence. In this discussion, I want to walk you through how archaeologists approach interpreting artifacts. Step…
George Washington's Nominee for Chief Justice Rejected
Monday, October 08, 2018
"On December 15, 1795, the Senate administered a stinging blow to one of the nation's most distinguished "founding fathers." By a vote of 10 to 14, it rejected President George Washington's nomination of South Carolina's John Rutledge to be Chief Justice of the United States." From the United States Senate
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Why Make Wine in Virginia?
Thursday, October 04, 2018
For more than 20 years, Mount Vernon has hosted a wine festival to celebrate the rich tradition of Virginia wine. Since the first colonists arrived, viticulturists—or grape growers—struggled to grow wine grapes on Virginian soil. Even skilled agriculturalists George Washington and Thomas Jefferson tried and failed many times to grow wine grapes at their…
Mary Ball Washington's Battle with Breast Cancer
Monday, October 01, 2018
by Mary V. Thompson
In the spring of 1787, as George Washington was preparing to leave Mount Vernon to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, an express rider arrived, carrying an emergency summons to Fredericksburg, Virginia. In telling a friend about his change of plans, Washington noted that “not a moment is to be lost,” because his…
Why the Washington Library Matters
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
by Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington
I am passionate about the story of the American Founding. I cannot imagine a fictional story with more drama and unpredictability, tragedy and triumph, complexity and openness to diverse interpretations, or with a more fascinating cast…