Christmas with the Washingtons
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
To celebrate the holiday season Mount Vernon’s team has made some changes to the Mansion. Christmas was primarily a religious holiday in eighteenth-century Virginia, but then, as now, it was also a festive occasion marked by visits between friends and relatives, parties, and public assemblies. The Washingtons' holiday season began a few days before…
Archaeology Rediscovers the “Old Necessary”
Monday, September 30, 2019
Mount Vernon archaeologists have relocated a Washington-era building while conducting an archaeological survey on the east lawn. In late May 1796, George Washington wrote from the presidential residence in Philadelphia to his farm manager at Mount Vernon, “I have several times spoke concerning a necessary for the Quarter People, at Mansion house . …
A Teacher’s Perspective: Buckle Up! Engaging Today’s Learners with Primary Sources
Monday, August 19, 2019
By: Robbie Marsden
Interacting with Washington’s OWN words from his OWN pen on his OWN property brought primary sources alive for me, and has now allowed me to bring them alive for my students. Looking back, prior to attending the George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Program (GWTI) at Mount Vernon, I had no idea how to teach primary sources…
Dove of Peace Weathervane Restoration
Thursday, August 08, 2019
With the installation of the scaffolding on the cupola, Collections Conservator Linda Landry had the opportunity to examine the condition of the replica Dove of Peace weathervane. She determined that there was a considerable amount of rust and corrosion on the piece, particularly in areas where copper and iron meet. In a short amount of time, she put…
West Front Carpentry Work
Monday, July 08, 2019
Paint removal of the west front of the Mansion was completed on June 7. Since then, our team of preservation carpenters has been hard at work completing wood repairs on the top levels of the scaffolding. Luckily, the siding is in good condition, thanks in part to the sand-painted coating that has provided protection over the years.
At the same time…
George Washington's Dream Day
Friday, July 05, 2019
Have you ever wondered how George Washington would spend his dream day? Would he sleep in? Or maybe spending the afternoon reading on his piazza? An article from The Washington Post by Rachel Podnar asks the General how he would spend his day.
"There is no place that I have ever wanted to be throughout the entirety of my adult life, rather than sitting…
"50 Years of Love"
Friday, June 28, 2019
Visit George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill between July 3-10 and snap a picture with the "LOVEwork" sign, part of the Virginia is for Lovers Campain. The Distillery & Gristmill is included with Mount Vernon admission, or you can purchase a Distillery & Gristmill pass on-site for just $6.
Watch the mighty gears turning and the stones…
Summer Changes in the Mansion
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
To celebrate the start of summer, the collections staff made some changes to the Mansion. The scenarios in the New Room, Dining Room, Washington Bedchamber, Butler’s Pantry, Kitchen, and Greenhouse Slave Quarters reveal this seasonal change.
A striking addition to the New Room remains “Nelly’s New Harpsichord.” This replica of the original…
A Teacher’s Perspective: Teaching Place with Mount Vernon
Friday, June 14, 2019
During the summer of 2018, I was fortunate to visit Mount Vernon for the first time as part of the George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Program (GWTI), a professional development program for teachers around the country. During our time at the estate, my fellow GWTI participants and I were immersed in lectures, discussions, and tours that…
A Teacher’s Perspective: Martha Washington
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
by Kim Greer
My experiences with Mount Vernon as a teaching resource began in 2005 when I first led a group of middle school students on an educational trip to Washington D.C. We visited Washington’s home and were fascinated by life there. I continue to visit Mount Vernon every other year with students, but as their online resources have grown, so…