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Mount Vernon


Rustication.  The outside of the mansion is wood, made to look like stone.  Long pine boards are grooved and beveled to create the appearance of masonry.  The boards are varnished and painted white, and fine sand is thrown in the wet paint.  George Washington used this rustication technique when he expanded his mansion from 1757 to 1759, just a few years after Mount Vernon became his home.

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