In raising funds for the much needed wharf restoration, Mrs. Bishop, a lifelong resident of Portland, followed in the footsteps of her predecessor, Miss Mary Failing, who served as the Association's Vice Regent for Oregon from 1907 to 1947. When the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association purchased the Washington estate in 1858, one of their first projects was to construct a safe wharf, near the site of one of George Washington's original boat landings, which no longer existed.
Constant boat traffic during the late 19th century took its toll, and numerous repairs became necessary around the turn of the century. Residents of the western states came to the rescue, and Miss Failing provided financing for new entrance and exit gates at the wharf, while the Vice Regents for Washington and California supplied the funds for a new shelter house and causeway.
Nearly a century later, citizens from Oregon once again came to the rescue of the Mount Vernon wharf. Under the leadership of Mrs. Bishop, the wharf structure has undergone a full-fledged restoration. The existing asbestos shingles were replaced with cedar shingles, a new cupola based on the 19th-century original adorns the structure, many of the rafters and sheeting boards in the roof were replaced or strengthened, repairs were made to the concrete floor, and new water-resistant paint will add years to the wharf's life expectancy.
In recognition of the generous support of Oregonians, the restored wharf includes two bronze plaques expressing deep appreciation to the citizens and friends of Oregon, including Mr. and Mrs. Broughton H. Bishop, Mrs. Charles K. Bishop, Mrs. Clarence M. Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence M. Bishop, Jr., Miss Kay E. Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Bishop III, Miss Ruth C. Bishop, Miss Susan Tucker Bishop, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Bishop III, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Flowerree, Mrs. David Gaiser, Mrs. Edmund Hayes, Mrs. Lyle B. Kingery, Mr. and Mrs. Philip H. Knight, Mr. and Mrs. E. Kimbark Maccoll, Jr., Oregon Charter Members, Pacificorp Foundation, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Channing Seamans, Jr., Standard Insurance Company, Mr. and Mrs. James G. Stevens, Mr. Ernest C. Swigert, Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Vetterlein, and Mr. and Mrs. Jeptha L. White.