The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and The Founders, Washington Committee for Historic Mount Vernon, thank you for attending our reception to benefit the installation of our new exhibit in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum, titled Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon.

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Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon

Mount Vernon: The Story of an American Icon will put on view more than 350 objects drawn from our unsurpassed holdings of fine and decorative arts, architecture, archaeology, books, manuscripts, maps, and photography.

Many, including the priceless Houdon Bust, have been restored and preserved thanks to prior donor support. 

The Founders, Washington Committee for Historic Mount Vernon

The Founders Committee is comprised of patriotic women from the National Capital area. Since 1980, their fundraising has supported a multitude of programs, projects, and publications furthering the Association’s mission to preserve Washington’s estate and educate the public about his legacy and virtues. Their ardent work has raised more than $3 million while adding inestimably to the Mount Vernon experience.


Mount Vernon Thanks Our Event Sponsors


Sanda and Jerry Lambert
Mrs. Frances C. Wheeler


Mary and Ed Bartlett
Valerie and Townie Burden
Diana S. Clagett
Mr. and Mrs. Ian Glenday
Dr. Deborah Jessiman and Mr. Alistair Jessiman
Kiplinger Family Foundation
Helen Laughery
David and Nancy Morgan
Catharine W. Trauernicht and K. Dunlop Scott


Cricket Bauer and Tim Messman
Peter and Ellen Boer
Una Keyes Davis
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gerber
Lucia and Joe Henderson
The Le Vine Foundation
Beth and Robin Roberts
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Schuiling
The Honorable Edward Whitfield and The Honorable Constance Harriman
Eleonore Wotherspoon


John and Stavroula Alachnowicz
Richard and Susan Ammerman
"Ms. Lydia P. Arnold and
Mr. Jonathan Wolcott"
Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey B. Baker
Mr. and Mrs. J. Goodwin Bennett
Robert J. Bernasconi
Ann and John Bookout
Mary L. Bowman
Edith H. Brewster
Mr. and Mrs. Childs F. Burden
Irving and Nancy Chase
Margaret and Jay Costan
Sarah Miller Coulson
Martha Dippell and Danny Korengold
Louisa C. Duemling
Jeff and Joan Ferrill
Mr. and Mrs. Eric P. Fraunfelter
Elisabeth French
Emily T. Frick
Mary and David Giachetti
The Honorable Douglas H. Ginsburg and Ms. Deecy Gray
Lee Bradford Guerry & Witney W. Schneidman
Bonnie and Frank Henke
Georgina Owen and Outerbridge Horsey
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Huber
Holliday Hurd and Gus Polichron
Thomas S. Kenan III
Carol and Peter Kirby
Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Mackall, Jr.
John Marshall
Catherine H. Mayton, Vice Regent for Arkansas, and Michael R. Mayton
Leander and Stephanie McCormick-Goodhart
Joseph and Margot McGinley
Noah and Hilary Mehrkam
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mollett
Peter and Christine Nickerson
Mrs. R. Kendall Nottingham
The Honorable & Mrs. Thomas E. Petri
Nina Pillsbury
Mr. and Mrs. John Daniel Reaves
Mrs. George Revitz
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce C. Ross-Larson
Mr. and Mrs. J. Schley Rutherford
Christopher S. Sargent
Thomas and Kristina Schendt
Mrs. W. N. Harrell Smith IV
Lucille and Richard Streeter
John Taft and Christine Taft
Susan M. Townsend
Ellen C. Walton
Katherine J. Ward
Hilary Carter West

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

The Spirit of Mount Vernon is hosted by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the group that has owned and maintained George Washington’s Mount Vernon for more than 160 years.


Margaret Hartman Nichols

Vice Regents

Cameron Kock Mayer 
Vice Regent for Louisiana

Maribeth Armstrong Borthwick 
Vice Regent for California

Ann Haunschild Bookout 
Vice Regent for Texas


Virginia Dawson Lane  
Vice Regent for South Carolina

Laura Peebles Rutherford  
Vice Regent for Alabama

Susan Marshall Townsend  
Vice Regent for Delaware

Anne Neal Petri  
Vice Regent for Wisconsin

Liz Rollins Mauran 
Vice Regent for Rhode Island

Ann Cady Scott  
Vice Regent for Missouri

Sarah Miller Coulson  
Vice Regent for Pennsylvania

Andrea Notman Sahin  
Vice Regent for Massachusetts

Catherine Hamilton Mayton 
Vice Regent for Arkansas

Margaret Hartman Nichols  
Vice Regent for Maine

Helen Herboth Laughery  
Vice Regent for Wyoming

Catherine Marlette Waddell  
Vice Regent for Illinois

Lucia Bosqui Henderson 
Vice Regent for Virginia

Mary Lang Bishop  
Vice Regent for Oregon

Elizabeth Medlin Hale  
Vice Regent for Georgia

Ann Sherrill Pyne 
Vice Regent for New York

Adrian MacLean Jay 
Vice Regent for Tennessee

Karen McCabe Kirby 
Vice Regent for New Jersey

Hilary Carter West
Vice Regent for the District of Columbia

Sarah Seaman Alijani
Vice Regent for Colorado

George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington’s skill as a general helped secure our independence. His leadership as our first president shaped this new nation. His enduring legacy continues to inspire us.

After falling into disrepair following his death in 1799, this historic property was rescued by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. They opened it to the public in 1860. It is now the most visited historic home in America.

As a private non-profit organization, Mount Vernon does not accept government funds. On-site sales and donations allow us to pursue our mission to teach the world about George Washington and preserve his beloved home for future generations.


Please contact the Development Department at 703.799.6881.

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