Mount Vernon

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Mansion

In 1759, George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis (later, Martha Washington). During the preceding?

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Benjamin Latrobe

Benjamin Latrobe is widely regarded as the first professional architect in the United States. Latrobe?

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Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmithing was an important craft activity throughout most of the Washington family's ownership of?

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Burials at Mount Vernon

The following lists provide information on the known burials at Mount Vernon.

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Christmas at Mount Vernon

Christmas was primarily a religious holiday in eighteenth century Virginia. It was also, however, a?

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Development of Mount Vernon

1. First Phase2. Second Phase3. Third Phase4. Farm Improvements

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Dung Repository

The Dung Repository was an important part of the plantation at Mount Vernon

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Growth of Mount Vernon

Learn more about how the Mount Vernon estate grew from its early origins to the large Virginia plantation that George Washington owned and developed.

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Henry James's Pandora

"You Germans are always in such awe of great people," says Pandora to her companion, Count Vogelstein?

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Hospitality at Mount Vernon

George and Martha Washington viewed hospitality to guests as a vitally important aspect of life at Mount?

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Mansion

In 1759, George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis (later, Martha Washington). During the preceding?

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Mount Vernon Fisheries

George Washington once wrote of Mount Vernon that the ten miles of shoreline at his estate were “one entire fishery.” The Potomac River, he boasted, was “well supplied with various kinds of fish at all seasons of the year; and in the Spring with the greatest profusion of Shad, Herring, Bass, Carp, Perch, Sturgeon &ca.”1  Washington, of course, never expected the fishery to be his main source of income – he first intended to make his fortune on tobacco, and then on wheat and other grains when tobacco failed – but the river did become one of the many ways he turned the natural resources of his Mount Vernon estate into profit. Enslaved workers at the plantation caught hundreds of thousands of fish every year, especially herring and shad, which Washington sold both locally and internationally.   

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Music

Shortly before his inauguration as the first President of the United States, Washington sent a letter?

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Overview of the Gristmill

George Washington began his merchant milling business in 1770 with the construction of a new gristmill?

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Pilgrimages to Washington's Tomb

Kings, Presidents, and a host of dignities have visited Washington's tomb over the years.

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Servants and Marriage

Several hundred hired and indentured servants, primarily men but a few women as well, worked for George Washington.

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Servants' Hall

The prominent placement of the servants' hall as a flanker to the mansion, its mimicking of the mansion?

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Stable

The brick stable at the foot of the south lane at Mount Vernon was built in 1782, replacing a stable?

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Thanksgiving

Since the settlement of the colonies, Americans were familiar with setting aside days of thanksgiving?

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Tobias Lear

Tobias Lear served as the executive secretary to George Washington from 1786 to 1799. Lear was born in?

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Tomb

Learn more about the New Tomb at Mount Vernon - the Washington's final resting place.

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Washington's Distillery

By the spring of 1798 the distillery was in operation. In 1799?the year of Washington's death?over eighty transactions are noted for a total sale of 10,942 gallons of whiskey, valued at $7,674.

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