Since the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association took over the estate in 1860 it has seen decades of change while still remaining true to its mission to educate people about the life and legacies of George Washington.

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association 

Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in 1884, MVLA.The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association was the first national historic preservation organization and is the oldest women's patriotic society in the United States. They bought Mount Vernon from George Washington's decedent, John Augustine Washington III. 

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19th-Century Photography

Following the Civil War which devastated most of northern Virginia, the recently formed Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, protector of George Washington's historic home, relied on the sale of photographs of Mount Vernon to visitors. This created an important collection of 19th-century views of Washington's home at Mount Vernon.

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