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Mount Vernon Ladies' Association


Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is a non-profit organization that preserves and maintains the

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On June 22, 2012, the Association purchased Washington's personal copy of the United States Constitution at auction for $9.8 million. The bound volume was specially printed for Washington in 1789, his first year in office as president, and contains his handwritten notes and markings.[9]

Congresswoman Frances P. Bolton, who served as Vice Regent from Ohio from 1938 to 1977, launched an effort in the 1940s to preserve the view across the Potomac River. The Association purchased 750 acres (3.0 km2) along the (opposite) Maryland shore, which was the nucleus of the 4,000-acre (16 km2) Piscataway Park.[8]

When the Civil War ended in 1865, Vice Regents agreed to take responsibility for individual rooms. Detailed inventories taken in 1799 following George Washington's death were used in determining what furnishings were original to Mount Vernon. Decades of research as well as gifts, loans, and purchases were conducted to get the original furnishings returned to Mt. Vernon.

[7] Miss Cunningham and the Association launched a nationwide fund raising effort. The initial intent was for the Association to raise the money, which would be deposited in Richmond to allow Virginia to purchase the property and then assign care of the estate to the Association. However, that arrangement proved unworkable. When, in March 1858,

[2]She also wrote a letter to the editor of a South Carolina newspaper appealing to American women to come to the rescue of Mount Vernon. She founded the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and invited influential women from each state (there were 30 at that time) to serve as its original Vice-Regents. It was the first nation-wide women's organization in America.

If the men of America have seen fit to allow the home of its most respected hero to go to ruin, why can't the women of America band together to save it?
, saying Ann Pamela Cunningham socialite Louise Dalton Bird Cunningham saw Washington's home in poor condition. She wrote her daughter, South CarolinaIn 1853,

He offered to sell the estate to either the Federal government or the Commonwealth of Virginia, but the legislatures declined, saying it would not be proper to spend tax-payers' money to acquire private property.

After the deaths of George Washington (in 1799) and his widow Martha (in 1802), Mount Vernon remained in the family for three generations. John Augustine Washington, Jr., a great-great-nephew of George Washington, eventually became owner of the property, but had insufficient funds to maintain it. By the 1850s the home was beginning to crumble. However, John Washington would not sell to commercial developers and insisted that the new owner preserve Mount Vernon as an historic site.



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