Friday, May 17, 2013
The deadline for nominations is June 3.
Nominate your favorite history teacher for Mount Vernon's History Teacher of the Year Award. Mount Vernon is looking for D.C. area teachers who "bring creativity and passion to their teaching, generate a love of learning, and deepen their students' understanding and appreciation of history." The Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year will receive: Who can apply? Click here to review the selection criteria. The deadline for nominations is June 3. Questions? Contact Mount Vernon Education Department at 703-799-5082 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Twenty-four D.C. nonprofits are competing for $1 million in funding.
Twenty-four sites in the D.C. metropolitan area, including the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, are finalists in the Partners in Preservation grant contest. The contest is co-sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. These historic sites are competing for a total of $1 million in funding. As of Thursday, out of the 24 sites, Mount Vernon was in second place, behind the National Cathedral. To vote for Mount Vernon, go here: https://www.preservedmv.com/competitors/mount-vernon Mount Vernon is seeking funding to support the restoration of George Washington's large dining room, or "new room." Other historic sites competing for funding include the Washington National Cathedral and Arlington House. Voters …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Farm to Table event will feature food and a private tour.
Tickets are on sale now for the Mount Vernon Estate's new culinary event called Farm to Table. Guests will participate in a reception in the upper garden and historica area featuring specialty cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. After the reception, guests will take a tour of Mount Vernon's lower garden and mansion. Following the tour, guests will enjoy a four-course dinner featuring some products cultivated at Mount Vernon: Amuse-Bouche Vichyssoise First Course Spring Asparagus Vinaigrette with a Nasturtium Garnish Homemade Breads & Colonial Crackers Entrée Mortadella Stuffed Pork Loin with Truffle Butter Salad Course Fresh Garden Salad with Roasted Beets and Warm Goat Cheese Dessert Rhubarb and Strawberry Cobbler with Homemade Honey & Vanilla…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Mount Vernon will host a preservation themed weekend on May 4 and 5.
Mount Vernon Estate will celebrate more than 150 years of historic preservation with preservation-themed activities and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours in May. The tours will be led by Mount Vernon's archaeology, preservation and collections staff. Visitors will be able to see conservation in action as experts tackle Mount Vernon’s most extensive preservation project to date, the restoration of Washington’s Large Dining Room, or “New Room," according to a news release issued by the estate. With the exception of the Mount Vernon in the Civil War tour, all Preservation Weekend activities are included in admission. The following events will take place May 4 and 5: Behind-the-Scenes—Hike to the West Gate 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. During George …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond presented the books to the Estate on Monday afternoon.
First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond presented two George Washington books held by the National Library of Scotland to Mount Vernon President and CEO Curt Viebranz at a ceremony at the Mount Vernon Estate Monday afternoon. Salmond presented the books to help complete a recreation of George Washington’s original book collection in the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. The books presented to Mount Vernon are the Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written, During the War between the United Colonies and Great Britain, by His Excellency, George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Forces (London: 1795). In 1795, John Carey, editor of ‘Official letters’, sent these volumes to …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
This year's Wine Festival takes place from May 17 to May 19
Tickets for the popular Spring Wine Festival at the Mount Vernon Estate will go on sale to the general public on Monday. This year's Spring Wine Festival will take place from May 17 to May 19. Guests will have the opportunity to sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries, learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, and meet George and Martha Washington on the Mansion's piazza. Tickets will cost $38 each. Fruit & Cheese boxes are available for $26 each, and tables are $1,000 each. Friday night ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase round-trip transportation to and from the King Street Metro station in Old Town Alexandria for $30 and may be purchased with Wine Festival Tickets. Ticket sales begin…
Friday, March 29, 2013
The whiskey will retail for $95 per bottle.
The Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens will start selling the unaged George Washington Rye Whiskey at 10 a.m. April 4. The whiskey was made at George Washington’s reconstructed distillery, and more than 1,100 bottles of the whiskey are available for sale at $95 per bottle. The unaged George Washington Rye Whiskey is the most authentic version of Washington’s whiskey available today. Washington was a detailed record keeper, so Mount Vernon’s staff was able to determine from these records the recipe and process of creating whiskey during Washington’s lifetime, according to a recent press release issued by the Estate. Distillers used the same grain recipe mixed and fermented in 120-gallon oak barrels, and double distilled in copper pot stills as…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This year's Wine Festival takes place in May.
Tickets for the popular Spring Wine Festival at the Mount Vernon Estate will go on sale to the general public on April 1. This year's Spring Wine Festival will take place from May 17 to May 19. Guests will have the opportunity to sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries, learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, and meet George and Martha Washington on the Mansion's piazza. Tickets will cost $38 each. Fruit & Cheese boxes are available for $26 each, and tables are $1,000 each. Friday night ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase round-trip transportation to and from the King Street Metro station in Old Town Alexandria for $30 and may be purchased with Wine Festival Tickets. Ticket sales …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The program will provide students and faculty with the opportunity to better understand Washington's life.
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy announced its partnership with The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon on Tuesday afternoon. Thanks to the support of Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Vice Regent Maribeth Borthwick ’73 and William Borthwick, the Price School and the Library have established the Partnership for the Study of George Washington at USC and Mount Vernon. The partnership will provide students and faculty at USC Price with opportunities to better understand Washington’s impact on the fields of governance, planning, public policy, and leadership, according to a press release issued by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. Capitalizing on the tremendous resources of the Library…
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Historic Mount Vernon commemorated our First President's 280th birthday Friday.
Visitors paid homage to George Washington during a wreath-laying ceremony Friday at Washington's Tomb at Historic Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon commemorated Washington's 280th birthday with a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens Friday morning and the wreath-laying ceremony later that day. American Village Citizenship Trust founder and CEO Tom Walker paid homage to George Washington on behalf of Alabamians during Friday's ceremony. Walker said in a statement, “Today I am honored to represent the American Village Citizenship Trust national history and civics education center along with the hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, and visitors it has hosted from my home state of Alabama and surrounding Southeastern states since…