#OTD in 1802, at around noon, Martha Washington passes away at the age of 71. In early May of that year, she had become sick with a bilious fever. Her body is laid to rest next to her husband's in the Washington family tomb.
OTD in 1802 at around noon Martha Washington passes away at the

Martha Washington Timeline

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Cindy Normandeau
Book: A Patriot's A to Z of America
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Quick #Trivia! Did George Washington wear a white wig?
Quick Trivia Did George Washington wear a white wig
Marti Knox
Grant Menzies
Kimberly Hogan
#DidYouKnow that a young George Washington wanted to enter service in the Royal British Navy, but his mother, Mary Ball Washington, forbade it?
DidYouKnow that a young George Washington wanted to enter service in the

Young George Washington at Sea

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Alyssa Johnston
Suzanne Clinton
Holly Moore
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.
How did George Washington keep food without refrigeration For herring the fish

Salt Preservation

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Catarina Bradley
Joseph Umphlett
#OTD Artist Charles Willson Peale begins the first portrait of George Washington, 1772.
OTD Artist Charles Willson Peale begins the first portrait of George Washington 1772
Jerry Alter
Bruce Burak
Have you been to the Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale yet? The sale will end on May 21st- all of the plants have been grown on the estate in our greenhouses.
Have you been to the Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale

Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale

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Before the first guests arrive, our dedicated team works behind the scenes preparing for visitors. Around 8:45 a.m., the New Tomb is opened. The placement of the American Flag on the left side always precedes the placing of Washington's commander in chief flag on the right.
Elisabeth Veneman
Lane West
Amy Lillibut
#OTD George Washington presents a set of nonimportation resolutions prepared by his neighbor George Mason to the members of the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1769. Read more about it!
OTD George Washington presents a set of nonimportation resolutions prepared by his

George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Marina Scott
#TBT in 1970, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin accompanied two Soviet cosmonauts, Andrian Nikolayev and Vitaly Sevastyanov, on a visit to Mount Vernon as part of their goodwill tour of the United States.
TBT in 1970 Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin accompanied two Soviet cosmonauts
Ahnaf Eram
Congratulations to the 2016 finalists for the U.S. Navy Fleet Sea and Shore Sailors of the Year, who visited Mount Vernon earlier this week.
Congratulations to the 2016 finalists for the US Navy Fleet Sea and

Mount Vernon Salutes the 2016 Sailors of the Year

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#OTD George Washington is elected president of the Potomac Canal Company, 1785. Learn more about how the Potomac Company increased trade between east and west.
OTD George Washington is elected president of the Potomac Canal Company 1785

The Potomac Company

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Dawn Offerman Merila
Escape the hustle and join us at Mount Vernon for some summer fun during our Summer Escape evening event, June 9 & 10! Experience Mount Vernon after hours and indulge in gourmet fare while enjoying locally brewed craft beer, wine, and other culinary treats. Tour the Mansion and gardens and enjoy the breathtaking sunset from Washington's lawn.
Escape the hustle and join us at Mount Vernon for some summer

Summer Escape at Mount Vernon

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On June 3rd, the day after Martha Washington's birthday, join us for a special summer evening with Lady Washington. After the estate is closed, discover the extraordinary life of Martha Washington while strolling through the grounds, exploring outbuildings, and wandering the Mansion. In the Upper Garden, Lady Washington will host her guests with refreshment and live music.
On June 3rd the day after Martha Washingtons birthday join us for

A Summer Evening with Lady Washington

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Emily Tudor Hall
Wendy Galloway
Tickets are now on sale for our Farm to Table dinner on June 16th. Join Mount Vernon for a special evening of tours and dinner featuring products cultivated and produced on the estate.
Tickets are now on sale for our Farm to Table dinner on

Farm to Table: Reception, Tour & Dinner

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Donna Youmans Haber
Marti Knox
Kyle von Kamp
#OTD Martha Dandridge marries her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, at Chestnut Grove, her family home, 1750.
OTD Martha Dandridge marries her first husband Daniel Parke Custis at Chestnut
Amy Croslin Wright
Holly Moore
Jennifer H. Haney
#OTD Congress officially adopts ‚ÄúPresident of the United States‚ÄĚ as the formal address for the new leader, 1789.
OTD Congress officially adopts President of the United States as the formal
Shane Von Russell
Alise Martinez
Cute baby animal alert! From Bottle Babies to BFFs: the story of Pepperdine the Lamb and Conan the Piglet.
Cute baby animal alert From Bottle Babies to BFFs the story of

Bottle Babies to BFFs

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Katherine Bryant
From Mount Vernon to your family: Happy Mother's Day! This weekend, treat the mothers in your life to strolls through the garden, sweeping views of the Potomac River, and insight into the life of the first First Lady, Martha Washington.
From Mount Vernon to your family Happy Mothers Day This weekend treat

Mother's Day Weekend at Mount Vernon

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Teachers: looking for a meaningful engagement with students after History and Government AP exams? Register for the free Scholars to Leaders live- stream interactive webcast, taking place on May 25th. Classrooms can virtually participate in debates, discussions, and complete online challenges to explore this year's theme, Through their Eyes: Narratives that Shape our World.
Teachers looking for a meaningful engagement with students after History and Government

Scholars to Leaders

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Gregg Watkins Jr.
#OTD George Washington arrives in Philadelphia for the start of the Constitutional Convention; he is greeted by chiming bells, 1787.
OTD George Washington arrives in Philadelphia for the start of the Constitutional

Constitutional Convention

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