The Library frequently hosts a variety of dynamic events, welcoming established scholars, leaders, and experts from numerous fields.

Upcoming Events

Ford Evening Book Talk: Stephanie Jones-Rogers

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Dr. Stephanie Jones-Rogers in conversation with Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Washington Library They will discuss Jones-Rogers's new book, They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South.

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Washington and Jefferson: It's Complicated

Join Mount Vernon and Monticello for a digital talk with Dr. Frank Cogliano of the University of Edinburgh to discuss his project exploring the complicated relationship between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. This event is co-sponsored by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

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The 2020 Mount Vernon Symposium

Fred W. Smith National Library

The 2020 Mount Vernon Symposium has been rescheduled for June 4-6, 2021. Please contact Stephen McLeod at with questions or concerns.

Join leading gardeners, historians, horticulturists, archaeologists, and preservationists as they reconsider the importance of gardening, landscapes, and design in early America. Learn how Washington and his contemporaries shaped the natural world to achieve beauty through gardening, profited through agriculture, and conveyed civic values through landscape design—and how these historic methods remain relevant in today’s world. Revisit long-lost gardens, explore contemporary creations inspired by the past, and come face-to-face with the most authentic 18th-century plantation landscape in the United States. 

The Mount Vernon Symposium is endowed by the generous support of The Robert H. Smith Family Foundation and Lucy S. Rhame.

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