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e-Book Experiencing Mount Vernon: Eyewitness Accounts, 1784–1865 download

by Jean B. Lee

ISBN: 0813925142
ISBN13: 978-0813925141
Language: English
Publisher: University of Virginia Press (May 23, 2006)
Pages: 304
Category: Americas
Subategory: History

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In 1787, George Washington likened Mount Vernon to a "well resorted tavern," so many and frequent were those who .

In 1787, George Washington likened Mount Vernon to a "well resorted tavern," so many and frequent were those who enjoyed his hospitality. After George and Martha Washington's deaths, their home became a national shrine, visited by thousands of pilgrims each year.

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Softcover with 227 pages. In the 1780's and 1790's, an era when neither public museums nor a national library existed, visitors to Mount Vernon viewed John Trumbell's iconic image of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Houdon's famous bust of George Washington, and the General's voluminous wartime correspondence.

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Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2006. The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty.

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University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville. Leupp, Francis E. 1906 Old Garden at Mount Vernon. Century Magazine 72(1):73–79. Lossing, Benson J. 1859 Mount Vernon and Its Associations: Historical, Biographical and Pictorial. W. A. Townsend & C. New York, N. oogle Scholar. Norton, J. Dean, and Suzanne Shrage-Norton 1985 The Upper Garden at Mount Vernon Estate.

George Washington, acutely aware of the accomplishments and potential of the American Revolution, used his Mount Vernon estate both to preserve the memory of events that had created a new nation and to forward his keen vision of what that nation might become. During the 1780s and 1790s, an era when neither public museums nor a national library existed, visitors to Mount Vernon viewed John Trumbull's iconic image of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Houdon's famous bust of the countryís preeminent hero, and Washington's voluminous wartime correspondence. More important, they listened as the Washingtons recalled the remarkable events that had forged independence and the unique American experiment in representative government. At Mount Vernon, too, Washington and his guests discussed how best to secure the success and well-being of the United States. Here was a place to contemplate "what the nation, at its best, might be."

Following George and Martha Washington's deaths, the estate passed to four successive heirs, the last of whom deeded it to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in 1860. While still in private hands, the property nonetheless attracted thousands of visitors each year, most of whom arrived after a fifteen-mile overland trek from Washington, D.C. With the establishment of regular steamboat access in the 1850s, the numbers swelled to ten thousand annually. The public claimed Mount Vernon as its own. In the words of a nineteenth-century Washington family member, "the Nation shares it with us."

In a remarkable display of civic religion that testified to the siteís enormous hold on the public imagination, Americans pronounced Mount Vernon sacred ground and made it the nationís most important site of revolutionary memory and inspiration. The sacred ground was, nonetheless, contested ground: visitors criticized the heirs' management of the property; northerners abhorred the persistence of slavery at the estate. As pilgrims contemplated the highest ideals of the Revolution at Washington's home and tomb, they often found their own society wanting. Amid escalating sectional strife in the 1850s, some argued that if Mount Vernon could be saved for the nation, the nation might be preserved from ruin.

In letters and journals, newspaper and magazine articles, and public speeches, visitors recorded, often in detail and with intense emotion, their varied reactions to the site. Experiencing Mount Vernon presents the most informative of these accounts, as well as selected documents from the Washington owners (beginning with Washington himself, who in 1784 prematurely wrote Lafayette that, at his beloved home, he had "retired from all public employments"). Numerous maps, contemporary images, and annotations complement the texts. This book constitutes the only eyewitness chronicle we have of the Washington estate's ascent to the status of national shrine, and it offers the closest possible evidence of Mount Vernonís singular role in helping forge American national identity.

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after reading a few books on george washingtons mount vernon i found this edition to provide a rare historical view of mount vernon. the book consists of personal accounts by various people who visited mount vernon from the time of washington to 1865. each visitor presents their own views and opinions of their individual excursion to mount vernon whereby you, the reader, can partake of what they see through their eyes. reading this book was quite an illuminating experience for me even though i have read much on mount vernon and have the pleasure of visiting many times throughout the year. it is not neccessary to have been to mount vernon in order to enjoy this work. this book reads easily and can be interruped without loss of perspective due to the short nature of the many letters presented. i believe anyone interested in george washington or mount vernon would derive a great deal of information and enjoyment from spending some time with the visitors of yesteryear at mount vernon.

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