18 Facts About Mount Vernon


Mount Vernon is an American landmark and former plantation of Founding Father, commander of the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War, and the first president of the United States George Washington and his wife, Martha.

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Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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However, when Washington's older half-brother, Lawrence Washington, inherited it, he renamed it after Vice Admiral Edward Mount Vernon, who had been his commanding officer during the War of Jenkins' Ear and was famed for having captured Portobello from the Spanish.

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Rooms at Mount Vernon have mostly been restored to their appearance at the time of George and Martha Washington's occupancy.

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Mount Vernon built the original house on the site around 1734, when he and his family moved from Pope's Creek to Eppsewasson, which he renamed Little Hunting Creek.

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Mount Vernon served under Admiral Edward Vernon; returning home, he named his estate after his commander.

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Mount Vernon took a scientific approach to farming and kept extensive and meticulous records of both labor and results.

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Mount Vernon derived income from a gristmill which produced cornmeal and flour for export and ground neighbors' grain for fees.

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Mount Vernon was not as invested in animal husbandry as he was in cropping experiments, which were elaborate and included complex field rotations, nitrogen fixing crops and a range of soil amendments.

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Mount Vernon ate his supper later that evening without changing from his wet clothes.

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The largest part of his estate, which included both his papers and Mount Vernon, passed to his nephew, Bushrod Washington, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Mount Vernon sold some of his own slaves to gain working capital.

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Mount Vernon oversaw restoration of the house and planted greenery consistent with what was used in the 18th century.

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Mount Vernon's office was the same one used in the 18th century by Washington.

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Mount Vernon was featured in a 1-cent United States postage stamp in 1936 within the Army and Navy Commemorative Series.

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Mount Vernon was put on the tentative list for World Heritage Site status in the early 2000s.

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Airspace surrounding Mount Vernon is restricted to prevent damage from aircraft vibrations.

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Mount Vernon Trail connects to shared-use paths that travel on the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, the Arlington Memorial Bridge and the George Mason Memorial Bridge .

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