Wolf Run Studio - Historic Homes
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. . . HISTORIC HOMES . . . (Click on an image to see the actual notecard size)
George Washington's Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, Virginia
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Originally known as the Little Hunting Creek Plantation, the estate was first owned by George Washington's great-grandfather in 1674. In 1740, the plantation was deeded to George Washington's elder half brother, Lawrence, by his father, Augustine Washington. Lawrence renamed the plantation Mount Vernon in honor of Admiral Edward Vernon, under whom Lawrence had served in the siege of Cartagena. Two years after Lawrence's death in 1752, George Washington acquired the estate by means of a lease from his brother's widow. He inherited the estate in 1761.

The most striking architectural feature of the Mansion is the two-story, square-columned piazza extending the entire length of the house on the river front, offering a spectacular panoramic view of the Potomac River. Another unusual exterior feature is the beveled wood siding. To make the wood siding look like stone, sand was applied to fresh paint. Letters between General Washington and his manager, Lund Washington, provided details about materials and construction.

The Mount Vernon Ladies Association, founded in 1853, purchased the Mansion and 200 acres of surrounding land in 1858. Since that time, the Association has devoted itself to restoring and furnishing Mount Vernon according to a 1799 50-page inventory prepared after George Washington's death. The bed on which he died is included among the many original objects and furnishings.

Text © 2001 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 2001 Bill Harrah

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Arlington House    Ash Grove    Carlyle House    Clark House    Dogan House    Freeman House & Store    Green Spring Manor House    Joshua Gunnell House    Dr. William Gunnell House    Gunston Hall    The Harper House    Henry House    Maymont House    Master Armorer's House    George Washington's Mount Vernon    Oatlands Plantation    The Silas Burke House    The Stone House    Historic Sully    Virginia Governor's Mansion    Woodlawn Plantation   
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