George Washington’s Home Almost Forgotten

By 1853, George Washington’s home was almost lost to ruins until… “If the men of the country wont save Mount Vernon, the women should.” – Louisa Bird Cunningham

Today, Mount Vernon stands as a monument to the very idea of historical preservation. With upwards of a million annual guests, it is one of the most visited and best known historical sites in the country. It is home to a sprawling grounds, the world’s greatest George Washington impersonator, and one very old whiskey distillery (fun fact: towards the end of the 1700s, George Washington himself was the young country’s largest producer of the spirit).

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But things weren’t always always this way for the storied plantation estate. After Washington died in 1799, Mount Vernon fell into disrepair. This is the little-known story of how Mount Vernon was saved from ruin, as told to me by Mary V. Thompson, a research historian at Mount Vernon.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/sethporges/2016/01/14/the-surprising-story-of-how-mount-vernon-was-saved-from-ruin/#35a797503e9a

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