The Chintz Room was one of the finest of the six primary bedchambers at Mount Vernon.

Located on the second floor in the southwest corner, it overlooked the front entrance to the mansion, the bowling green, and the vista to the west. Architecturally, a closet and a boldly-carved mantel with dramatic curves and spirals set this room apart from the others. The room’s furnishings were inspired by the decorative arts of Asia, communicating the western fascination with the perceived luxury and splendor of eastern cultures.

Formerly Known as the Nelly Custis Bedchamber

After several years of research, work, and collaboration with colleagues and craftsmen throughout the country, the restoration and refurnishing of the Chintz Room, formerly known as the Nelly Custis Room, is complete.


The 1800 inventory conveniently names the five prints that were hung in the Chintz Room. While none of the originals survive, the curators were able to identify and reproduce these for display here.

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Few of the original furnishings that were used in the Chintz Room survive. Curatorial staff chose period furniture and some reproductions to represent what was in the room in 1799 based on the probate inventory and other documentary evidence.

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Nelly Custis Lewis at Mount Vernon

In the course of the Washingtons’ forty years of residency at Mount Vernon, the Chintz Room housed a wide variety of occupants. Nelly Custis Lewis’s possible occupation of the room would have been a brief, but important, episode in the long history of its use.

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