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A war chest is a metaphor for any collection of tools or money intended to be used in a challenging or dangerous situation. Mount Vernon now faces the threat of a national pandemic and seeks to build our own war chest.

If you are able, please use the form below to make a gift and help fill Mount Vernon’s war chest.

Double Your Impact

Attendance accounts for over 67% of our operating budget. No visitors also means no on-site retail and food sales. Without your support, we could not continue working remotely during this challenging period or fund digital projects, including our online learning and livestreams.

To address this unprecedented closure Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association has pledged to match every donation you make dollar for dollar today.

These funds will go into our war chest to help address our current deficit and keep Mount Vernon afloat.

Washington's Iron Chest

George Washington used this virtually indestructible iron chest in his study to store his valuables and important documents. 

The chest features false key eschucheons, an integral locking mechanism in the lid, and two additional hasp and staples to use with padlocks. The bottom of the trunk features two drilled holes allowing the chest to be bolted to the floor, making it nearly immovable.

Thick iron and a near airtight construction also offered a level of protection from fire, an ever-present danger in the 18th century. 

Washington used an iron chest to keep his precious items safe. We seek to emulate him and use our war chest of funds to keep Mount Vernon, the home of our first President, safe as well.

Washington's Legacy

We don't accept government funding and rely upon private contributions. Please consider making a gift that helps preserve George Washington's home and legacy.