04/02/12

My FAVE: Mount Vernon

My favorite tour during our travels was definitely Mount Vernon, located near Alexandria, Virginia on the banks of the Potomac River.  This was the plantation home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The mansion is built of wood and has a neoclassical Georgian architectural style.   After Washington’s death in 1799, plantation ownership passed through a series of relatives who lacked either the will or the means to maintain the property.

After trying unsuccessfully for five years to restore the estate, John Augustine Washington offered it for sale in 1848. Virginia and United States governments declined to buy the home and estate.
In 1858, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union, acquired the mansion and a portion of the land from Washington’s great-grandnephew, John A. Washington, Jr., rescuing it from a state of disrepair and neglect. The purchase price of $200,000 {equal to $5,173,333 today}.  It is owned and maintained in trust by The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and is open every day of the year.

The mansion has been restored by the Association, independent of the US government, with no tax dollars expended to support the 500 acre estate, its educational programs or activities.  The estate is so well kept and absolutely beautiful.  And it was awesome to explore the land and property that one of our family’s favorite historical figure’s beloved retreat.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the decor and design of our ancestors in a lot of ways is mimicked in today’s style.  One of the most popular posts on my blog was all about Reclaimed Wood Inspiration.  This home is heavenly for anyone that adores a perfect blend of prim and rustic style, located on perhaps some of the most beautiful land ever with absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous views.  In the pictures below, notice the elements of design that are very popular today: rustic ladders, reclaimed wood furniture, barrels, unique shabby chairs, trunks, gorgeous fireplaces, patina copper, pops of color with lots of neutral, jugs, candlesticks, distressed paint treatments and tons of texture….I had so much fun here soaking up the history of yesterday and seeing how we’re still impacted in so many ways today.  Enjoy…

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Comments

  1. Gary says:

    My family and I went on vacation in DC last week; and no one but me wanted to make the trek to Mt. Vernon – so i went by myself. It was absolutely the highlight of my week. They certainly missed out. Now I’m hooked and reading all I can about the place. George had quite a great lifestyle and ‘things’ – basically a billionaire for his day – which I didn’t know before my visit. If you’re thinking it’s just a house you’re wrong. It is basically a village with lots of ‘shops’ and facilities. The restorations blew me away. It is sooo authentic. And it doesn’t feel as removed in time from today as I thought it would. The place would be a great place to live today; with the addition of some electricity/lighting and bathrooms. Major kudos to the Mt. Vernon Ladies Association organization for an absolutely stellar job with EVERYTHING at Mt. Vernon – including the museum & education center exhibits, the films, the main house, the slave quarters, the out buildings, the farm and gardens, the tomb, etc etc etc. It is truly spectacular. Maybe the Mt. Vernon Ladies Association should take over other historic sites. If you have any interest in American History go there!

  2. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    Looks like a great trip!! Love your photos- thanks for sharing at FNF! 🙂

  3. Jody and Stan says:

    What a great trip. I’ll have to put that on my places to visit list, Mt. Vernon wonderful historic place. Thanks for sharing.

    Jody

  4. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says:

    Me, too! xo

  5. Deanne says:

    What a lovely place to visit- that bed doesn’t look too comfy though does it!

    • Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says:

      Hahaha…you’re so right! I’m thankful for certain advancements!!!

  6. EverythingIam-blogspot.blogspot.com says:

    Looks like a great place. Someday I will have to make it across country to check it out.

  7. Our Pinteresting Family says:

    We love to visit Mt. Vernon. It’s a beautiful place! Megan

  8. Maria says:

    I LOVE Mount Vernon too! We took a trip there a couple of years ago, and just loved it! Your pictures are great!