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Fire protection for Mount Vernon is essential to ensuring the legacy of George Washington is preserved and experienced. We wish to bring fire prevention 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. 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.

Many of Mount Vernon’s original buildings are constructed of wood, meaning fire is a perpetual threat. We have a responsibility to safeguard Washington's estate. This impels us to install state-of-the-art fire-detection and suppression systems in all of the Washington-era buildings. We wish to ensure they survive for the benefit and education 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.

Fire Suppression for Mount Vernon

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