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Business of Mount Vernon explores Washingtons varied agricultural and commercial enterprises at Mount Vernon.
Research article by archaeologist Dr. Eleanor Breen describing the importance of the punch bowl in 18th-century life.
Illustrated list of facts about George Washington's gristmill.
Illustrated list of facts about the home of George Washington.
Illustrated article with facts about Washington's Crossing of the Delaware River.
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.
Teacher Resource page featuring select primary and secondary sources, classroom materials, and essentials questions for teaching about the business of Mount Vernon.
Article about Martha Washington's great cake recipe.
Recipe for making Martha Washington's favorite cake.
Glossary of 29 terms associated with the Gristmill along with a video (3:19 minutes) of the gristmill at work.
Readers' Theater and Read Aloud Story exploring the daily lives of the people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon.
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.
Video (3:01 minutes) of Mount Vernon's master miller, Steve Bashore, describing the 18th-century milling process used by Washington in the gristmill on his plantation.
An animation (1:02 minutes) of the changes to Mount Vernon's structure during the 18th century.
Tour the Mansion House, support buildings, gristmill and distillery online.
Article that provides an overview of Washington's gristmill and an explanation and diagram of the Evans system.
Object page for the punch bowl that Martha Washington brought to Mount Vernon to use for social events.
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).
Map showing how the Mansion and outbuildings looked in 1787.
Tour George Washington's Gristmill and Distillery online.
Image of a slave woman in the Mount Vernon kitchen at time of John Augustine Washington's ownership.
Video (2:51 minutes) discussing the wheat crop, threshing, and treading.