Mount Vernon, USA


Main Hall, Mt Vernon Mansion, VA.
On back:
MAIN HALL, MOUNT VERNON MANSION, VA.
This is the central hall of Washington Mansion at Mt. Vernon. It is a beautiful example of the architecture of Colonial days.

Publisher: B.S. Reynolds, Washington, D.C. 1902-1948

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Mount Vernon is an American landmark and former plantation of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his wife, Martha. The estate is on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is located south of Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia and is across the river from Prince George’s County, Maryland. The Washington family acquired land in the area in 1674. Around 1734, the family embarked on an expansion of its estate that continued under George Washington, who began leasing the estate in 1754 before becoming its sole owner in 1761. The mansion was built of wood in a loose Palladian style; the original house was built by George Washington’s father Augustine, around 1734. George Washington expanded the house twice, once in the late 1750s and again in the 1770s. It remained Washington’s home for the rest of his life. Following his death in 1799, under the ownership of several successive generations of the family, the estate progressively declined as revenues were insufficient to maintain it adequately. In 1858, the house’s historical importance was recognized and it was saved from ruin by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association; this philanthropic organization acquired it together with part of the Washington property estate.
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Today meticulously restored to its appearance in 1799, the mansion preserves the legacy of this great American. Three rooms are on either side of the wide central hall on the first floor. The front parlor, music room, and the grand two-story large dining room are located north of the center hall. A small dining room, a first floor bedchamber, and Washington’s private study are on the south side of the house. The second floor contains six bedrooms, including the master bedroom, with its narrow staircase leading directly to Washington’s study below. The third floor has more bedchambers, including the small garret chamber to which Martha Washington retreated after her husband’s death.
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The central passage is the entryway into the Washingtons’ home, the place where visitors who came by carriage through the west front drive were greeted. Entertaining also occurred in the central passage, particularly during hot Virginia summers when the family gathered here to enjoy breezes from the open doorways.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon


West Parlor, Mount Vernon, VA.
On back:
WEST PARLOR, MT. VERNON, VA.
In the West Parlor much of the furnishing was here in Washington’s day. The rug here was made by order of Louis XVi for Washington. It is of a dark green ground; in the center is the America eagle surrounded with stars.

1920s
Publisher: B.S. Reynolds, Washington, D.C. 1902-1948

Before the New Room was completed, Washington considered the front parlor to be “the best place in my House.” This elegant room was a public space where visitors enjoyed the Washington family’s company. Tea and coffee were customarily served here during the winter and on rainy days, and the household gathered here in the evenings to read, discuss the latest political news, and play games.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon


Martha Washington’s Kitchen, Mount Vernon, VA.
On back:
MARTHA WASHINGTON’S KITCHEN, MT. VERNON, VA.
Matha Washington’s Kitchen at Mt. Vernon was famous for its products of good old Virginia cooking. The crane still hangs in the great firepace and teh brick oven is in a good state of preservation. The culinary art is no longer practiced here.

Publisher: B.S. Reynolds, Washington, D.C. 1902-1948

The updated kitchen included three workrooms on the first floor and a loft above, which served as the residence of the cook or housekeeper. The largest of the three workrooms included a fireplace and an attached oven. The other workrooms were a scullery where food was prepared and dishes were washed, and a larder with a subterranean cooling floor to store food. According to the inventory of the kitchen completed after George Washington’s death, the kitchen contained a wide variety of cooking equipment, including pots and pans, skillets, a griddle, a toaster, a boiler, spits, chafing dishes, tin and pewter “Ice Cream Pots,” coffeepots, and strainers.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon


On the back:
THE LIBRARY AT MT VERNON
The Library contans many of George Washington’s books, with his own book plates in them; also a map of Mount Vernon, careuflly platted by himself.

1934
“Mount Vernon Ladies Association”

George Washington initiated construction of a south addition to Mount Vernon in the spring of 1774. Intended as a private wing, this extension to the mansion included a spacious bedchamber for George and Martha Washington on the second floor and a personal study below. Washington’s study served as the center of his personal and professional operations during his years at Mount Vernon before and after the presidency.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon


George Washington’s Bed Room, Mount Vernon, VA.
On the back:
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BED ROOM, MT. VERNON, VA.
This is the room in which Washinton died. The bedstead, chair, the mahogany table, are as they were at the moment of his death. On the chair lay the open Bible, from which Mrs Washington had been reading to him.

1920s
Publisher: B.S. Reynolds, Washington, D.C. 1902-1948

Located directly above the study in the private south wing was George and Martha Washington’s spacious bedroom. Designed according to Mrs. Washington’s suggestion that it be simple and functional, the room was also her sanctuary, where she planned her schedule and wrote letters to friends and family members.
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Martha Washington Bed Room
On the back:
Mrs. Washington’s Room, in the mansion at Mount Vernon, is in the attic. After the death of General Washington, Mrs. Washington occupied this room, chosing it because the dormer window overlooked the grave of her husband. It was here that she died. The furniture and bangings are reproductions of the originals.
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c.1910
Publisher: B.S. Reynolds Co, Washington, D.C.

Martha Washington resided in the southwest garret bedchamber until her own death in May of 1802. Her life on the third floor was not unsocial or isolated. The garret rooms were vital living spaces for Mrs. Washington, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. . . . At the time of Martha Washington’s death, the inventory of “the Room Mrs Washington now Keeps” listed a bed, bedstead and mattress, oval looking glass, three chairs, a table, carpet, and fireplace equipment. The furnishings plan also called for a low post bedstead, table, carpet, and Windsor chairs.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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