George Washington’s Mt. Vernon: A Labor of Love

Presented by Virginia Hunt-Burbine

Thursday, July 6th 10:30 AM

Join Virginia Hunt-Burbine as she traces the heritage of our first president’s long history with Mt. Vernon, his 21-room home overlooking the Potomac River.  A young George Washington grew up playing on the land his half-brother inherited from their father, only to acquire the small house and grounds himself two years after Lawrence’s untimely death in 1752.

Right from the start, Washington had a strong desire to enlarge the main house and expand his farm.  As the new owner of this estate, Washington was the architect for the main house expansion which took place as Washington was away fighting in the French and Indian War.  Again during his Revolutionary War years as Commander-in-Chief and in the years Washington served as the nation’s first president, Mt. Vernon was never far from his mind as he drew up architectural plans and added addition after addition to create the building and grounds we see today.

But Mt. Vernon’s past was not always glorious.  The farms, worked initially by slaves and passed on to family members upon Martha’s death, fell into disrepair by the time the nation faced Civil War.  What happened to this magnificent home?  How was it saved for future generations to enjoy and appreciate as a fine example of the southern way of life from the revolutionary era?  Building the estate was George’s labor of love.  Saving his estate is a labor of love for others.

Members; $5/Non-Members $7

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