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Mount Vernon’s Blue Room Reopens October 7

Seven-month restoration finally finished The Blue Room in the Mount Vernon Mansion will reopen October 7, marking the completion of a major seven-month restoration. Guided by new research and investigation, this bedchamber’s dramatic transformation includes reproduction French wallpaper, cream-painted woodwork, and a bedstead draped in a striking blue-printed cotton.

Rediscovering the Furnishings of Mount Vernon’s Front Parlor

Previously Unknown Ledger is Treasure Trove of Information–Lecture by Adam T. Erby, Associate Curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Tuesday, October 3. In September 2013, Mount Vernon curators made an exciting discovery; a previously unknown ledger kept by George Washington’s friend and neighbor, George William Fairfax showed up at auction.  At first glance, the ledger seemed to […]

Alexandria Students Participate in Constitution Week

On September 12, 2016, Alexandria’s Mayor Allison Silberberg signed the official Proclamation Commemorating Constitution Week, September 17 – 23, 2016, in Council Chambers at City Hall. Participating in the signing were students from Mt. Vernon Community School, Jefferson-Houston and Samuel W. Tucker and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy. Also attending were Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) Superintendent […]

A Brief Glimpse of Alexandria History: Burke & Herbert Bank

By Kris Gilbertson When John W. Burke, 27, and Arthur Herbert, 23, opened the Burke & Herbert Banking & Exchange Office on August 14, 1852, gas lighting and running water had just been introduced to the busy port city of Alexandria, Virginia. Their banking enterprise at Prince and Lee Streets (Lee was called Water Street […]

George Washington Loans His Art Yet Again

After more than half a century of delighting millions of visitors touring George Washington’s mansion, two of the first president’s landscape paintings by British artist William Winstanley, are on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Washington’s two landscapes are on view through January 2, 2014, in the West Building of the […]

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