Protecting Mount Vernon from the threat of fire is essential to ensure that Washington's legacy can be preserved and experienced. We wish to bring fire protection to the entire historic area by installing state-of-the-art fire detection and suppression systems in all of the outbuildings.

Mount Vernon is the most visited historic estate in the country, in part because it is the best preserved 18th-century landscape in America. Washington carefully chose the location of each outbuilding based on its function, and the outbuildings shed light into many aspects of his life. Ann Pamela Cunningham knew this, when she dismissed the advice to tear down all of the outbuilding and save only the Mansion and Tomb. She knew that the outbuildings played an integral role in telling Washington’s story. Today we still strive to carry out her vision.

As so many of Mount Vernon’s original buildings are constructed of wood, fire is a perpetual threat. Our responsibility to safeguard these priceless national treasures impels us to install state-of-the-art fire-detection and suppression systems in all our Washington-era buildings, to ensure they survive for the benefit of future generations.

Fire has always been a great fear on the estate. In 1781, a fire destroyed the stable, killing the General’s prized race horses. In response, Washington began to take steps to prevent another such loss, including buying a full set of fire buckets and undertaking any new construction in brick. Great Americans like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison recognized the threat too, when they gifted a fire engine and protection from lightning to protect the estate from the unimaginable.

Mount Vernon does not accept any government funding. We rely upon you to help us preserve George Washington’s home and legacy.

Fire Suppression for Mount Vernon

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