The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and the Life Guard Society cordially invite you to a special gala evening at Mount Vernon to support the restoration of George and Martha Washington’s Bedchamber

• Cocktails on the east lawn overlooking the Potomac

• Seated dinner on the estate

• After-hours tours of the Mansion

• Curator-hosted private viewing of extraordinary personal Washington objects rarely seen at Mount Vernon

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Restoring The Washingtons' Bedchamber

Fall Gala hosted by the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

Please join us on Saturday, September 25, 2021 for a gala evening in support of the Restoration of the Bedchamber of George and Martha Washington. The evening will feature cocktails on the East Lawn of the Mansion overlooking the Potomac River, and a black-tie seated dinner on the Estate. In addition to after-hours tours of the Mansion that evening, a Mount Vernon curator will lead us through a private viewing of some truly stunning and very personal objects owned by the Washingtons that are not normally on view.

As the site of George Washington’s last moments in life, the Washingtons’ bedchamber is often looked upon as the most historically significant space in the Mansion. Visitors today are invited to see the bed where Washington died and to remember his untimely death on December 14, 1799 and the end of an era. Yet a full understanding of the room and its significance goes well beyond this singular event.

Designated specifically “Mrs. Washington’s bedchamber” during the Washingtons’ lifetimes, the room was furnished and shaped by her and as such, reveals her distinctive interests and her leading role within the household. This was an intensely personal place in the Mansion, the Washingtons’ private refuge in a home largely given over to public hospitality.

Research and planning are now underway by our preservation team who will make needed repairs to the walls, ceiling, floors, and windows. In tandem, curatorial research and technological advances are informing new interpretations of how to most accurately present the bedchamber’s décor and placement of objects as they would have appeared in 1799 – including the commission and installation of a handmade reproduction wallpaper based on found fragments. This will dramatically transform the room to reflect the Washingtons’ choice of fashionable and sophisticated patterns.

Be part of history by participating in the restoration of what many regard as the most important and meaningful room at Mount Vernon.

The Bedchamber of Washington, in which he died, with all the furniture, as it was at the time, drawn on the spot by permission of Mrs. John Washington of Mount Vernon

Painted by John Gadsby Chapman, 1835

 

This painting is one of the most significant pieces of evidence in determining the appearance of the Washington bedchamber in the last year of George Washington’s life. Alexandria born artist John Gadsby Chapman visited Mount Vernon and sketched the empty room long after its original contents had been dispersed. He then traveled to each of Martha’s grandchildren’s homes and sketched the objects they owned from the space. Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis Lewis, who grew up at Mount Vernon, instructed the artist on the proper placement of each piece. The artist combined his research to create this evocative scene combining careful research and observation.

The Life Guard Society

The Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon draws its inspiration from an elite group of 150 officers responsible for ensuring the safety of George Washington during the Revolutionary War. 

Today, the group is dedicated to generously supporting the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. Membership in the Life Guard Society is not considered an honorary role, but rather a call to action - members give generously of time time, talent, and resources to help with a wide variety of signature projects focused on Mount Vernon's mission for preservation and education.

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Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association has owned and maintained George Washington’s Mount Vernon for more than 160 years.

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Cameron Kock Mayer 
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Maribeth Armstrong Borthwick 
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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.

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Please contact Kenneth Hill at khill@mountvernon.org or 703-799-8666. 

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