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 

Regent Ann Pamela Cunningham and members of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association pose for a photograph near the east front of the Mount Vernon Mansion, 1870. Photographer Alexander Gardner. (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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When the Going Gets Tough

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association has faced many historical crises with grit and grace.

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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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