A Long History of Preservation
The view from Mount Vernon became threatened by a plan to build an oil tank farm directly across the Potomac River from Mount Vernon in the 1950s. Vice Regent and Congresswoman Frances Payne Bolton ensured this did not happen.
Protecting the View for Decades
Since the first battle in the 1950s, there have been many others, as recently as 2018. However, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association has been in its protection of the viewshed.
Through the use of easements, dozens of properties have been protected from development.
The viewshed is only one part of Mount Vernon's preservation efforts. Everyday experts work to ensure the Mansion, outbuildings, objects, and more are protected for future generations.