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Mount Vernon Magazine, Fall 2018

What's In This Issue?

  • History of innovation from Washington the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
  • President Donald Trump's historic visit to Mount Vernon
  • Celebrating the 10,000,000th patent issued at the Gristmill
  • Safeguarding the Bastille Key

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Washington's Relationship with France

Since George Washington, the United States has had a special relationship with France. The French supported the American colonists during the Revolutionary War and Washington was even granted honorary French citizenship for serving the cause of liberty.

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The Bastille Key

Associate Curator Adam Erby provides an in-depth look at the Bastille Key that was presented to George Washington by Lafayette and has remained at Mount Vernon.

Reconstructing Sambo Anderson's Punt

Sambo Anderson, one of George Washington’s enslaved men, worked as a carpenter and had a small boat, called a punt. To better interpret Anderson’s life at Mount Vernon, we are reconstructing his boat at the Pioneer Farm.

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Rum Produced at the Distillery

In early February of 2018, Mount Vernon's historic trades staff distilled rum at George Washington’s Distillery for the first time. Their historic recipe used period-appropriate rum yeast and molasses made in Barbados, which were distilled using 18th-century methods.

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10 Facts about 18th-Century Patents

The United States government began issuing patents during George Washington’s presidency. On June 19, 2018, the 10 millionth utility patent was issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Growing Hemp at Mount Vernon

In the spring of 2018, Mount Vernon planted an industrial cultivar of hemp on the four-acre Pioneer Farm site to expand its interpretation of George Washington's role as an enterprising farmer.

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Did Washington Really Grow Hemp?

Yes, he did... but not the kind you're thinking of.

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton served as Washington's aide during the Revolutionary War, served as the first Secretary of Treasury under Washington's administration and is considered to be the founder of our nation's economic system.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Lead Like Washington?

In this new interactive experience, you will come face to face with a leadership challenge that George Washington also confronted as commander in chief or president. Listen to advice from his most trusted sources and make your decision.

Be Washington

Washington's War

Gripping live action sequences and cutting-edge animation as it tells the story of Washington’s and the Continental Army’s challenges and triumphs from 1775 through 1783. This DVD was adapted from the 4D film that is presented on-site at Mount Vernon.

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Benefits include recognition on Mount Vernon’s website and at appropriate events, complimentary admission to the estate and special events, such as Wine Festival and Mount Vernon by Candlelight, and more.

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