The Education Center at Mount Vernon features over 14 galleries of interactive and engaging exhibits you won't find at any other museum in Washington DC. Explore a collection of our favorites.
1. Major Washington's Smallsword
Records indicate this beautiful sword, colloqually known as the Braddock sword, was worn by George Washington during the French and Indian War in which he served under the command of Major General Edward Braddock in the British army.
In addition to being historically important, this is a beautiful military artifact. The hilt is silver cast with intricate, twisting flourishes, known as gadrooned decoration, which was considered highly fashionable in 1759. In contrast, the blade's hollow triangular design was curiously dated by comparison. The wooden grip would have been wrapped in spiraling bands of silver tape and twisted silver wire, echoing the gadrooning.
2. Martha Washington's Wedding Dress, Jewelry, and Shoes
Can you imagine Martha Washington not as a stately older woman and former First Lady but instead as a ravishing bride in her late 20's? View authentic replicas of Martha Washington's wedding gown and shoes, worn at her wedding in 1759.
See also a set of beautiful gold earrings and necklace, both original objects owned by the Washingtons from the Mount Vernon collection.
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