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Mount Vernon

Welcome to Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington.  Restored and maintained by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (Founded in 1853).  George Washington made Mount Vernon his home from1754 until his death in 1799.  He enlarged the house and expanded his estate from 2,100 to 8,000 acres and experimented with dozens of crops, ornamental plants, and trees.  Today, visitors to Mount Vernon may view the mansion, outbuildings, museum, the tomb of George and Martha Washington, and more than 60 acres of gardens and grounds.

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Plaque just outside the main gate. The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association bought Mount Vernon from John A. Washington, Jr. in 1858. This was the first time in American history that a private organization bought a historical property, and the purchase heraled the beginning of private historical preservation in the United States.

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