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Condition: Original

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About the Mansion

The mansion began as a one and one-half story house built in 1735 by George Washington's father, Augustine, and received its well-known name during the ownership of his half-brother Lawrence.

George acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the dwelling to create the resplendent 21-room residence seen today. Washington personally supervised each renovation. He advised on design, construction, and decoration—even during the Revolutionary War. Conscious that the world was watching, Washington selected architectural features that expressed his growing status as a Virginia gentleman planter and ultimately as the leader of a fledgling democratic nation.

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