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Teaching with food can help students learn how people in the past obtained, prepared, and served food, and can aid students in understanding their society and culture in a relatable (and sometimes tasty) way.
Article about the 16-sided barn with photographs and a short film illustrating how the wheat was threshed by horses.
Ledger detailing the food ordered and the associated costs for one week in the Presidential household in Philadelphia.
Illustrated article on agriculture at Mount Vernon.
Student worksheet on a painting depicting George Washington as a farmer at Mount Vernon.
Article about Martha Washington's great cake recipe.
Recipe for making Martha Washington's favorite cake.
An inquiry based module that asks students to answer a why ice cream was an exclusive treat at Mount Vernon by exploring three Supporting Questions and analyzing primary and secondary sources.
Article describing the construction of Mount Vernon's kitchen and how it was used.
Short video (2:37 minutes), photographs, and a brief description of Team Archaeology of Mount Vernon's Historic Preservation and Collections Department excavating in front of the kitchen in the spring of 2013.
Mount Vernon's master miller, Steve Bashore, describes the 18th-century milling process used by Washington in the gristmill on his plantation in this video (3:01 minutes).
Video (2:51 minutes) discussing the wheat crop, threshing, and treading.