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George Washington Mount Vernon  Official account of the riverside estate of America's first president, George Washington.

http://www.mountvernon.org/

The New Room was intended to convey unpretentious beauty and fine craftsmanship, qualities Washington believed communicated the new nation’s values. #potus1 #architecture #beautifulspaces

Bullskin Run, also known as Bullskin Creek, is a tributary of the Shenandoah River, located in present-day Jefferson County WV, formerly part of Frederick County, VA. A young George Washington began acquiring tracts of land along Bullskin Run in the 1750s. He continued to expand his holdings along Bullskin Run, eventually owning thousands of acres of property, tracts of which he leased to tenant farmers. #potus1

Martha Washington oversaw the kitchen garden, allowing her to keep fruits and vegetables on the table year round. Before grocery stores and farmers markets, kitchen gardens were “a necessary support of life,” as one gardening manual observed. In the 18th century, every home outside the city had a vegetable or kitchen garden. Since the 1760s, Mount Vernon’s kitchen garden has been continuously cultivated for the production of vegetables. Come see it for yourself!

#Trivia: How many cannons did the Continental Army bring across the Delaware River during the famous crossing?⠀

Photo by K. Kiely.

Today is #NationalWineDay! George Washington was a fan of Madeira, a fortified wine produced on the Portuguese island of Madeira in the eastern Atlantic. In the spring of 1759, Washington ordered approximately 126 gallons of Madeira.

#TBT Visitors watch the tour boat ‘George Washington’ from the Wilson Line arrive at the Mount Vernon wharf, May 1968.

A tiny patriot! Bring the kids this summer to Mount Vernon, where they'll learn all about the founding of the United States and our first president, George Washington. ⠀

Photo by K. Kiely.

"Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action." - George Washington's Address to Congress Resigning his Commission, 1783.

Take a break this summer at Mount Vernon's Summer Escape this June 9-10.

“I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” – George Washington

How did George Washington keep food without refrigeration? For herring, the fish heads were removed, and the fish were drawn. They were then rinsed with a brine solution before being packed head-to-tail, with 800 fish to a barrel, in alternating layers of fish and salt. The barrels were then stored. Surprisingly, this method allowed the fish to remain edible for over a year. ⠀

An archaeological investigation in 1991 of the cargo of a sailing vessel that sank in 1830 revealed some herring packed in this method had remained in edible condition. Would you try them?

#OTD in 1802, at around noon, Martha Washington passes away. In early May of that year, she had become sick with a bilious fever. Her body was laid to rest next to her husband's in the Washington family tomb.

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