Visit the Pioneer Farm and see industrial hemp growing in the sundries field. Chat with the historic trades team to learn how hemp was used in Washington’s time.

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Add to Calendar 06/20/2018 12/31/1969 America/Rio_Branco Hemp at Mount Vernon

Visit the Pioneer Farm and see industrial hemp growing in the sundries field. Chat with the historic trades team to learn how hemp was used in Washington’s time.

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Dean Norton, Mount Vernon's director of horticulture, plants hemp seeds.

Washington cultivated hemp at Mount Vernon for many years. His hemp crop was strictly the industrial cultivar needed for the production of rope, thread, canvas, sailing cloth, fishing nets, and other industrial applications used on the plantation in the 18th century. Under the 2015 Industrial Hemp Law enacted by the Virginia General Assembly and working with the industrial hemp research program of the University of Virginia, Mount Vernon has planted hemp in order to help better tell the story of Washington’s role as a farmer. 

Later this summer, the hemp will be used in fiber-making demonstrations.

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