#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.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.