Friday, January 23, 2009

Mount Vernon

I am a member of a wonderful organization , The Antiquarian Society, which I have found to be invaluable because of the knowledge I have gained in not only antiques but history. Today was our January luncheon meeting and what a treat it was because our speaker was Mr. George Terrell, a local historian and fabulous communicator. His topic today (of which he is gifted with many that he could have expounded on) was Mount Vernon. I thought I knew pretty much about this wonderful estate of our first President, George Washington, but obviously I didn't know much at all! This is the bedchamber where George died. This bed had to be specially made for him because of his 6'2" statue. His height was unusual in his day as most men were much shorter. This master suite was quite unusual in its day also because it featured "his and her walk-in closets"... Before his death, George, made it clear that he wanted to "lie in state" for at least 3 days to make sure he was actually DEAD and not just in a coma! That happened quite frequently back then and he had a horror of being BURIED ALIVE! He also wanted his "wrists cut" before he was laid in his final resting place JUST TO BE SURE again that he was DEAD!

If it had not been for The Ladies of Mt. Vernon in the late 19th Century, we may not have had Mount Vernon as it is today. These ladies formed their group to SAVE Mount Vernon because it seemed no one else cared about it's demise. So together they bought Mt. Vernon for $200,000!! That was mega bucks back then and was quite unbelievable that they were able do this! Thank you Ladies for your audacious foresight in preserving Mount Vernon!!




This is the back of Mount Vernon with it beautiful view of the Potomac.




Mount Vernon as it is today. Of course, George renovated it and added on two wings and the Palladian window on the end which was an unusual feature of the day.




The Library at Mount Vernon.......

George Washington was a wealthy man but a very humble man too............I am so proud that he was the "Father of our Country" ....our foundation is strong because of his leadership and his love of the United States of America. Thanks George!!





10 comments:

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I love to visit Mt. Vernon...It has a very special feeling. I didn't know the story about his request to lie in state for three days and have his wrists cut. That's very interesting.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

My one visit to Mt. Vernon was long ago, but I still remember how impressive it is. These pictures are beautiful, and I learned a lot I didn't know. Thank you. laurie

Dawnie said...

I didnt know any of this, so thank you for sharing this. What a beautiful place, I think I was there once.

Bo said...

Wow, his bedchamber was magnificent
even now in this day & age. Thanks for sharing this story with us, because it's doubtful I'll ever get to go there in person. ;-) Bo

Cote de Texas said...

I've never been, but I would love to - it looks so beautiful, doesn't it?

thanks for the comment today!!!
Joni

Jules said...

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Lauren said...

I love visiting Mt.Vernon too!!! We have been meaning to go this yea & yuo just reminded me!! Thanks for the tour!! :)

Kellie Patton said...

That was very insightful- thanks for sharing - I hope to visit there one day!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and leaving your sweet comment! I love this post about Mt. Vernon. Funnily enough, I just watched a movie this weekend that featured Mt. Vernon. Lovely blog!

Joyce said...

A beautiful estate! How fun to be able to take a visit to the past.