Annual Martha Washington Lecture: Honoring Lady Washington, Character Interpretation at Historic Sites
This year, the Annual Martha Washington Lecture pays special tribute to the groundbreaking career of Mary Wiseman, who recently retired from her role officially portraying Martha Washington at Mount Vernon for the past 17 years.
This annual event was created to share new scholarship and insights into the life and times of Martha Washington and is made possible through a generous grant from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.
Mount Vernon welcomes author David O. Stewart to the Ford Orientation Center's Smith Theater to discuss his book George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
David O. Stewart will be joined in conversation with the Washington Library's Executive Director, Kevin Butterfield.
The 2022 Mount Vernon Symposium will take place on June 3-5.
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.