Have you heard about our podcast?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Have you heard about our podcast?

Scholars, authors, speakers, professors, and other top academics conduct research at the Washington Library on a daily basis. Two years ago, then-director of the Library Doug Bradburn started Conversations at the Washington Library to engage these visiting researchers and fellows, sharing their work with a wider audience. In recent episodes, the podcast…


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Did the Washingtons Brunch?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Did the Washingtons Brunch?

Brunch—the linguistic and culinary combination of breakfast and lunch—was popularized in the United States during the 1930s. While the Washingtons didn't enjoy the brunch we know and love today, they frequently enjoyed brunch staples for breakfast and served them to Mount Vernon's ample visitors.  


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18th-Century White Oak Tree Felled by Rains

Thursday, August 09, 2018

18th-Century White Oak Tree Felled by Rains

On Tuesday, July 24, Mount Vernon lost a piece of living history—a white oak tree dating to Washington’s time. Located away from public access, the historic tree that lived through the Civil War fell due to the overly saturated ground. The oak’s trunk had a circumference of almost 12 feet (46 inches in diameter). Between 2004 and 2005, dendrochronologist…


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Commemorating Purple Heart Day at Mount Vernon

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Commemorating Purple Heart Day at Mount Vernon

Did you know George Washington created the first United States military award? In his General Orders on August 7, 1782, Washington created three military badges to honor the service of ordinary, common soldiers. One of these awards was the Badge of Military Merit, the precursor to the Purple Heart. Dr. Gordon Sumner, Ph.D., is the Commander of the…


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Operation: George Washington

Friday, August 03, 2018

Operation: George Washington

This summer, celebrate America's first spymaster, George Washington, with a special discount to the International Spy Museum and George Washington's Mount Vernon. From August 1 through September 3, 2018, guests receive 50% off general admission to the International Spy Museum when they visit George Washington's Mount Vernon! Washington Letter at the…


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George Washington: Bee Keeper

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

George Washington: Bee Keeper

George Washington ate hoecakes with honey almost every day for breakfast, but where did he get the honey? The only mention of Washington's bees comes from an entry on July 28, 1787, which states three hundred nails were given out at the Circle Storehouse to an indentured English joiner named Matthew Baldridge, “to make a bee house.” Washington is also…


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Ice Cream and Mosquitoes: Summertime in Virginia

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ice Cream and Mosquitoes: Summertime in Virginia

On the first day of summer, the collections staff prepared the Mansion for a new season—swapping the springtime food for summer delicacies and dishes. The scenarios in the Butler’s Pantry, Dining Room, Kitchen, Greenhouse Slave Quarters, and Washington Bedchamber reveal this seasonal change. Butler’s Pantry Dishes and tablewares used in earlier courses…


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Podcast: Joe Stoltz on Washington the Surveyor

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Podcast: Joe Stoltz on Washington the Surveyor

As the third-born son, Washington needed a practical career for himself to make money. He read The Art of Surveying and Measuring Land, which helped solidify his future career path—first as a surveyor, then as a military officer. The Washington Library's digital historian, Joe Stoltz, was recently interviewed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence…


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