The Legacy of Wreath Making at Washington's Tomb
Monday, February 19, 2018
Every year on George Washington's birthday, Mount Vernon welcomes visitors to Washington's Tomb for a presidential tribute. This special ceremony includes reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Washington's prayer for his country, and the placement of a boxwood wreath.
Boxwood was a significant plant in the 18th century. Washington planted it in the upper…
French Hound Farces
Friday, February 16, 2018
George Washington's love of dogs and foxhunting is well documented. However, some of Washington's dogs did not share his inclination for the sport.
In May 1785, the Marquis de Lafayette wrote to Washington that he has a gift from a gentleman from Normandy: seven French Hounds, likely the Grand Bleu de Gascogne (left). Martha Washington's grandson,…
Exploring the Newburgh Conspiracy
Monday, February 12, 2018
by Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator
The curatorial team recently installed a new display in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, featuring two objects related to the Newburgh Conspiracy, one scenario featured in the recently-opened Be Washington interactive experience. Near the end of the Revolutionary War, a group of military officers…
Winter Sports at Mount Vernon
Thursday, February 08, 2018
While Virginia winters are milder than those in the north, George Washington and his family took part in winter games at Mount Vernon and in Philadelphia during Washington's presidency.
A Rare Look at Restoring the Blue Room
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
When guests walk around George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, they will notice that the rooms and buildings are not only in pristine condition, but still look as if they are in the 18th century. This is due to the hard work from our preservation department, who are constantly researching and renovating the historic parts of the estate to keep them…
Painting the Central Passage
Monday, February 05, 2018
During the Mansion’s two-week closure for preservation work, Mount Vernon’s architectural staff began a transformative restoration of the central passage. Upon reopening, the team unveiled a new look for the central passage, replacing the dark, wood-grained finish of the panel walls with a fresh coat of paint in a color known as “stone” in the 18th…
Never Miss a Mount Vernon Facebook Post
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
In case you missed it, Facebook is changing your News Feed. Here’s how you can ensure you’ll never miss an update from Mount Vernon and your other favorite Facebook pages.
Earlier this month, Facebook announced it would “prioritize posts from friends and family over public content,” and “show less public content, including videos and other posts from…
Mount Vernon's First Rum Run
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Long before George Washington started distilling whiskey, rum was the preferred alcoholic beverage in the American colonies. The colonists produced rum from molasses made in the Caribbean, and Washington purchased it by the hogshead (a cask of more than 100 gallons).
In early February, Mount Vernon’s historic trades staff distilled rum at George Washington…
18th-Century Chicken Pudding
Monday, January 22, 2018
Warm up your evening (or afternoon) with this easy to make chicken pudding! Using only a few ingredients, you'll have a delicious and filling winter meal in no time!
Roast one whole chicken at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until done.Cut chicken into chunks.Melt 1/2 cup butter in sauce pan.Whisk in 1/2 cup of flour to thicken.Mix in chicken stock…
A Teacher's Perspective: Washington the Entrepreneur
Monday, January 15, 2018
by Jennifer Egas
I can honestly say that no residential program has impacted me like the George Washington Teacher Institute did in the summer of 2016. (I have attended a LOT of week-long professional learning, content-laden programs, so this is not an exaggeration!) I attended the session that focused on George Washington as an entrepreneur because…