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Preserving Washington's View

Since the 1950s, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association has worked to preserve George Washington's beloved Potomac River view.

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.

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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 steadfast in its protection of the viewshed.

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Through the use of easements, dozens of properties have been protected from development. 

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The viewshed is only one part of Mount Vernon's preservation efforts. Every day, experts work to ensure the Mansion, outbuildings, objects, and more are protected for future generations. 

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"No estate in United America is more pleasantly situated than this…on one of the finest Rivers in the world."

- George Washington, 1793

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