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George Washington Mount Vernon  Official account of the riverside estate of America's first president, George Washington. Use hashtag #gwmountvernon to be featured on our account!

It's #WorldPhotographyDay! Celebrate by sharing your special moments with us today and when you visit using #gwmountvernon for a chance to be featured on our account! Reposting @sheilalothian:
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The General surveying the Potomac as he plots his next move #gwmountvernon
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Thanks to @quickdraw703 for sharing this incredible bird's eye view of Mount Vernon as he landed at @reagan_airport earlier this week!
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George Washington to the Touro Synaguge, #OnThisDay in 1790. Congregants of the Touro Synagogue of Newport, Rhode Island, warmly welcomed George Washington today in 1790 to both their place of worship and their city. Washington’s letter of response to the synagogue, delivered on the same day, has become famous for reinforcing the ideal of religious liberty in American life.
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Washington promised the synagogue more than mere religious tolerance, explaining that "It is now no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights.”
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The letter continued with the promise that "the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."
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In addition, Washington responded by offering his own biblical references: "May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, to continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid."
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Washington's position on religious liberty remained consistent throughout the remainder of his presidency. However, his correspondence with other religious groups was never as explicitly supportive as his words to the Touro Synagogue. Washington's remarks established a precedent for protecting religious liberty and pluralism in the United States that persists to this day.
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Congratulations to @eddieortiz27 for winning our #FundayFriday caption contest!
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S/O to @historicrosedaleplantation for their pool caption, and runners up @onionsandolives31 with "I told you we should have turned left at Princeton," and @bdguertin04's "Forward men, we march into the weekend!"
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Check out all the other great captions in yesterday's post, and thanks to all who participated!
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(Siege of Yorktown (1781) by Louis Charles-Auguste Couder, 1836. Courtesy of Galerie des Batailles)
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#FlashbackFriday: The Tomb of Washington, then & now! Swipe to see the original photo of tomb guard Thomas Bushrod at the Washington's New Tomb, taken around the turn of the 20th century.
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In his will, George Washington identified the location and provisions for the construction of this tomb. While Washington died in 1799, it would take decades for this tomb to be built. In 1831, George and Martha Washington and 25 family members were moved from the old tomb to this new one.
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George Washington's tomb has welcomed presidents, prime ministers, generals, kings, princes, members of congress, and other dignitaries of all kinds. And as this combined image shows, we all can still visit the tomb and pay our respects to the Father of our Country.
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(Original photograph by Detroit Photographic Company)
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It’s time for a caption contest ✏️ Caption this painting for tomorrow's #FundayFriday meme!
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(Siege of Yorktown (1781) by Louis Charles-Auguste Couder, 1836. Courtesy of Galerie des Batailles)
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One month until our annual Colonial Market & Fair, September 15 & 16! Visit with colonial artisans who demonstrate and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leather-workings, weavings, furniture, and food. Watch 18th-century shows, including a puppet show, a fire-eating act, a balloon launch and listen to colonial music 🎶🔥
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Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are available at half price (while supplies last), and of course visit with General Washington! Learn more and get your tickets now at mountvernon.org/colonialmarket (link in bio)
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Happy #NationalRelaxationDay! Have you ever relaxed on the piazza? Take a deep breath and pretend you’re relaxing there now...
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Today, the Bartlett Tree Experts began the process of removing the Washington-era white oak tree that recently fell at Mount Vernon 🌳 ➡️ to see them carefully remove a carving of a star and a cross that was carved into the tree by Union soldiers in 1865 towards the end of the Civil War.
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➡️ Director of Horticulture @Dean_Norton poses with the carving and a cutout of the cross, which was periodically re-cut to prevent the bark from obscuring them.
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➡️ @Dean_Norton counts the rings on the Washington-era white oak tree. After counting the cross-section, Norton dated the tree to about 1778, the same year George Washington and his Continental Army fought in the Battle of Monmouth.
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Learn more about the carvings & the tree at mountvernon.org/blog
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#OnThisDay in 1755, George Washington is appointed colonel and commander of Virginia Regiment.
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Following the disaster at the Monongahela, the colony of Virginia was left with a frontier entirely exposed to French raids. The House of Burgesses authorized £40,000 to rebuild, enlarge, and equip the Virginia Regiment, which would be commanded by George Washington. Washington would also serve as commander-in-chief of all Virginia forces.
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Robert Dinwiddie wrote to Washington on August 14, 1755, to inform him of this decision. Dinwiddie declared that "Trust in Yr Loyalty Courage & good Conduct, do by these Presents appoint You Colonel of the Virga Regimt & Commander in Chief of all the Forces now rais’d & to be rais’d for the Defence of this H: Majesty’s Colony; & for repellg the unjust & hostile Invasions of the Fr. & their Indn Allies—And You are hereby charg’d with full Power and Authority to act defensively & Offensively as You shall think for the good & Wellfare of the Service."
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('George Washington as First Colonel in the Virginia Regiment' by Charles Willson Peale, 1772. Gift of George Washington Custis Lee, University Collections of Art and History, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia)
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Meta #MuseumMonday: A miniature Bastille carved out of the stone from the original Bastille in Paris!
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This model was gifted to George Washington in 1795 from an English lawyer named Robert Slade, who obtained the model from Pierre-Francois Palloy of France who originally distributed the models. Samuel Bayard on behalf of Mr. Slade writes in a letter on July, 28 1795:
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"Being in possession of the keys of the famous prision I presumed that the President, would be gratified in possessing also a true resemblence of the Bastile itself."
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Mount Vernon recently lost a piece of living history—a white oak tree dating to Washington’s time. 🌳
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Located away from public access, the historic tree that lived through the Civil War fell due to the overly saturated ground in late July. The oak’s trunk had a circumference of almost 12 feet (46 inches in diameter).
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Between 2004 and 2005, dendrochronologist took a core sample of the white oak to determine its age. They stated that the trees age was no later than 1780, meaning that tree rings could accurately be counted to 1780, but that some rings were indistinguishable indicating the tree is actually older.
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According to Mount Vernon’s Director of Horticulture, @Dean_Norton, the tree had definitely been standing for 238 years and possibly even longer than that, but the exact date cannot be determined.
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