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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Colonial Arts: Air & Optics

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Colonial Arts: Air & Optics

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.


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Colonial Superstitions

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Colonial Superstitions

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. The American…


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Guide Dogs Visit Mount Vernon

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Guide Dogs Visit Mount Vernon

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. From left to right: Clark:…


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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…


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