Wednesday, August 30, 2006

New Mount Vernon Facility to House Washington Books

The AP reports that a new visitor facility at Mount Vernon, the Donald W. Reynolds Museum, will "house furnishings, china, silver, clothing, jewelry, Revolutionary War artifacts, rare books and other personal effects of the Washington family. Many of these treasures will be exhibited at Mount Vernon for the first time in the new museum." The museum, along with the Ford Orientation Center, was "built so that most of it is located under the four-acre pasture inside Mount Vernon's main gate, to ensure that the pastoral setting and views to and from the mansion are preserved."

The new facilities will open October 27.