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Mount Vernon’s collections teach us about George Washington and bring his home and plantation to life.

Since taking possession of George Washington’s estate in 1860, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association has developed an exciting array of collections to better understand and interpret Washington and his life in 18th-century America. The historical collections include a museum collection of fine and decorative arts displayed in the Mansion, outbuildings, and museum galleries, archaeological and architectural collections of artifacts recovered during excavations and restoration work on the property, and a significant library collection of books and manuscripts. Living collections of heirloom plants make up Mount Vernon’s historically appropriate gardens, and heritage breed animals recreate the setting for Washington’s working farm.

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Learn more about some of the fascinating objects in Mount Vernon's collection. 

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George Washington's Swords

As military weapons or fashionable accessories, swords were always at George Washington's side.

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From the Washington Library

Our library collection includes a rich resource of rare books and documents related to George Washington, his family, and life at Mount Vernon. In addition, the library is the repository for the archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.

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Nelly's World

Learn more about Nelly's beloved harpsichord, paint box, and more from the Mount Vernon collection.

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Top 10 Objects in Mount Vernon's Collection

Check out our list of the ten most significant objects in Mount Vernon's extensive collections.

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The Material Culture of the Presidency

Aware that he would be closely scrutinized, Washington self-consciously chose clothing and household furnishings that would convey a particular message about his style and character.

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Rights and Reproductions

Learn more about how you can request and use images from Mount Vernon's collection.

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Media Requests

Media representatives, films, newspapers, and magazines interested in obtaining images may contact our Director of Media Relations.

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