Friday, May 17, 2013
The deadline for nominations is June 3.
Nominate your favorite history teacher for Mount Vernon's History Teacher of the Year Award. Mount Vernon is looking for D.C. area teachers who "bring creativity and passion to their teaching, generate a love of learning, and deepen their students' understanding and appreciation of history." The Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year will receive: Who can apply? Click here to review the selection criteria. The deadline for nominations is June 3. Questions? Contact Mount Vernon Education Department at 703-799-5082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
This year's Wine Festival takes place from May 17 to May 19
Tickets for the popular Spring Wine Festival at the Mount Vernon Estate will go on sale to the general public on Monday. This year's Spring Wine Festival will take place from May 17 to May 19. Guests will have the opportunity to sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries, learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father’s wine endeavors, and meet George and Martha Washington on the Mansion's piazza. Tickets will cost $38 each. Fruit & Cheese boxes are available for $26 each, and tables are $1,000 each. Friday night ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase round-trip transportation to and from the King Street Metro station in Old Town Alexandria for $30 and may be purchased with Wine Festival Tickets. Ticket sales begin…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Mount Vernon CEO Curtis Viebranz is this year's featured speaker.
The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce will host its 59th Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Tuesday at the Mount Vernon Country Club. Historic Mount Vernon President and CEO Curtis Viebranz will be the guest speaker at this year's meeting. Viebranz will provide an update on what is happening at Mount Vernon in 2013. Additionally, chamber committees and volunteers will be recognized and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced at the meeting. The 59th Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition will take place Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Country Club. For more information and to make reservations, visit http://www.mtvernon-leechamber.org.
Friday, December 21, 2012
'Tis the season for historic holiday recipes from Mount Vernon.
Join Patch as we step back in time for a glimpse of holiday life with recipes from times past at Mount Vernon. Our nation’s first president, George Washington and his wife Martha, were very big entertainers at Mount Vernon during Christmas. Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America,. For more than 40 years George and Martha Washington called Mount Vernon home. We are most fortunate and proud to have George Washington’s Mount Vernon as our neighbor. A special thank you to the Mount Vernon estate for giving us permission to print the following excerpt and recipes from the Mount Vernon Inn. The Mount Vernon Inn restaurant is situated on land that was once part of George and Martha Washington's historic Mansion House Farm, …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Bootlegging, Dredging and a National Park
This is the second of two articles on Dyke Marsh’s human history, based on a presentation by Matthew Virta to the 90 people who attended the Nov. 14 meeting of the Friends of Dyke Marsh. Virta is the Cultural Resources Program Manager for the George Washington Memorial Parkway, U.S. National Park Service. The first article was posted on Monday. --- After the Civil War, rowdy activities like drinking, gambling and “amorous pursuits” that had been tolerated in wartime were driven underground or to the river, Virta explained, recreation that spawned the Potomac River ark boat or ark. Ostensibly a small house boat, these arks probably provided customers services beyond lodging. The arks were 24-feet-by-10-feet in size with a 12-inch draft and…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A local family visits Aladdin the camel.
Christmas at Mount Vernon is in full swing. Families can check out stunning Christmas trees decked out in Mount Vernon-themed ornaments, see chocolate making demonstrations, and visit with Aladdin the camel. Christmas at Mount Vernon runs through Jan. 6, 2013. Christmas at Mount Vernon is included in general admission: $15 for adults, $7 for youth (6-11), and free for children five and younger. Mount Vernon is open daily, including Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Newt and Callista will both sign copies of their latest books.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, will be signing copies of their latest books at Historic Mount Vernon on Saturday. Newt Gingrich will be signing copies of his latest historical novel titled "Victory at Yorktown: A Novel," the last book in the George Washington series. The book is described in this excerpt from the Mount Vernon Estate: "It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. Washington decides to embark on one of the most audacious moves in American military history. He will take nearly his entire army out of New Jersey and New York, and force march it more than three hundred miles in complete secrecy…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wild turkeys are a common sight.
Chances are most northern Virginians did not slink around the woods to snag a wild turkey for the Thanksgiving table. Most people probably lugged a frozen 20-pounder or so from the grocery store to the car to the oven. Wild turkeys are closer than you might think. “Fairfax County has many flocks of wild turkeys,” says Jerry Sims, Terrestrial Program Manager, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), but no one knows the number. There may be 180,000 statewide. Where can you spot a turkey in the wild? "The flock has increased and there have been several excellent brooding springs which resulted in very high survival rates for poults. That of course has a significant impact on the future population,” he explained. But …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Take a look back at this week's top headlines from the Route 1 corridor.
Huntington-Belle Haven Patch The Huntington community weathered Hurricane Sandy with minimal flooding and damage to homes. The Route 1 Corridor experienced some minor damage from Hurricane Sandy, including some downed trees and power outages. Fort Hunt Patch Patch caught up with Congressman Jim Moran (D-8th), who discussed sequestration and its effect on Northern Virginia’s economy. Mount Vernon Patch Historic Mount Vernon has launched a new digital encyclopedia about the life of George Washington and the history of Mount Vernon. SFDC will unveil new wayfinding signs on Route 1 on Wednesday.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Mount Vernon Estate takes precautions before Sandy hits.
UPDATE Monday, Oct. 29, 8:50 a.m.: Mount Vernon is closed today. --- Crews at the Mount Vernon Estate worked hard to take precautions to protect the historic Mansion and grounds this weekend in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. According to Mount Vernon's Vice President of Marketing Rebecca Aloisi, the Estate took the following precautions this weekend to protect the property from damague during Hurricane Sandy: "We assess each storm as it comes through and take steps that are appropriate to the situation," Aloisi said. "We did take similar precautions during Irene last year, though." As of Sunday night, the Estate has not yet determined whether the Estate will open on Monday. See complete coverage of Hurricane Sandy here.