From the Desk of Mary Higgins Clark


Dear Friend,

A book published in 1969 launched my career as a professional novelist. Then called Aspire to the Heavens, it was about George Washington and his wife, Martha, and it has a special place in my heart. But sadly, for some years, it fell out of print.

Then, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association asked to republish the book to support the Mount Vernon cause.

I was delighted! Renamed Mount Vernon Love Story, it remains in print today—and I am more than happy to have helped Mount Vernon in this way.


 You see, Mount Vernon is not taxpayer supported. And it isn’t a state or national park or a part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation or even a state preservation organization. From the moment the estate passed out of the Washington family, it has been supported solely by the efforts of people like you and me to whatever degree we are able.

That story stretches back more than 150 years to a woman called Ann Pamela Cunningham. She saved Mount Vernon—literally. Miss Cunningham rallied support from around the country and the irreplaceable American shrine that is Mount Vernon was reclaimed, restored, and then preserved, so that the estate we experience today is much as George Washington himself would have experienced it. 

And that helps people of all ages and walks of life learn about George Washington.

But Washington’s legacy is more than his home. George Washington’s legacy is also, and perhaps more importantly, about character, patriotism, leadership, and service. Unfortunately, our young people know heartbreakingly little about this great man who secured the freedoms we enjoy today.

Please take just a few moments to read the letter from Curt Viebranz. His description of the efforts made over the last century and a half to restore the stature of our country’s first great hero is truly inspiring.

Then, I hope you will join me in supporting this most American of causes.

Yours most sincerely,

Mary Higgins Clark



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