Enjoy the lengthening days and Mount Vernon’s newly blooming gardens during this reception in the upper garden.

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Add to Calendar 06/15/2019 18:30:00 12/31/1969 20:30:00 America/Rio_Branco The Performance of Cato at Valley Forge

Enjoy the lengthening days and Mount Vernon’s newly blooming gardens during this reception in the upper garden.

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This relaxing evening in Mount Vernon's upper garden includes celebrity chef-inspired wine and hors d’oeuvres and inspiring 18th-century music. Listen to General Washington reminisce as select readings from Cato, his favorite play, are read by costumed characters.

Rain date: June 16.

Cato, a Tragedy

Written by Joseph Addison in 1713, this play is the account of the final days of the Roman Senator Marcus Porcius Cato (95-46 BCE), a Stoic whose resistance to the tyranny of Julius Caesar made him an icon of republican virtue and liberty.

Washington shared Addison's enthusiasm for Cato's self-sacrificing republican virtue, and frequently quoted from Addison's play, both as commander-and-chief of the Continental Army and as President. As a popular play in the 18th century, Washington had Cato performed for his men in the spring of 1778 at Valley Forge.

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