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Mount Vernon Magazine, Spring 2019

What's In This Issue?

  • The Year of Music
  • Nelly's New Harpsichord
  • Songs of the Enslaved
  • A Grand Restoration for the Front Parlor

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Year of Music

Join us throughout the 2019 and 2020 season for performances, specialty tours, and academic symposia to experience the music of 18th-century Mount Vernon, beginning with the debut of our authentically reproduced harpsichord.

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Nelly's New Harpsichord

For over two and a half years John Watson, Conservator of Early Keyboard Instruments, worked to create a replica of Nelly Custis's 1793 Longman & Broderip 2-Manual Harpsichord. He is now complete and the replica harpsichord can be seen inside the Mansion.

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Listen to the Harpsichord

Play a virtual version of the harpsichord and learn about the different sounds made by the different pulls of the instrument.

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Front Parlor

George and Martha Washington's front parlor is now opened to the public, after a multi-year restoration project. Visitors can see the newly restored and refurnished room on their Mansion tour.

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