The Alexandria Association is the city’s oldest organization devoted to the preservation of Alexandria’s historic buildings, landscapes, records, and antiquities; and to education in the decorative, fine, and building arts.
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“Keep it the Home of Washington!” The Ongoing Restoration of George Washington’s Mount Vernon”
Since 1860, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association has worked to restore the Mount Vernon estate to its appearance in 1799, the last year of George Washington’s life. Guided by the latest research and technology, each generation has interpreted the Mansion and its surroundings anew. Beginning in 2013 with the restoration of the New Room, Mount Vernon’s curators and architectural historians embarked on a restoration campaign grounded in cutting-edge research on the material lives of the Washingtons and their enslaved work force. This lecture will highlight the work accomplished since 2013—the restoration of the Chintz and Blue Bedchambers—as well as ongoing projects, including the Yellow Bedchamber, the Central Passage, and the Front Parlor.
Adam T. Erby is associate curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where he is responsible for both special exhibitions and historic interiors. He was a major contributor to the recent restoration of George Washington’s “New Room,” and he curated the special exhibition Gardens & Groves: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon. He is the principal author of the recently released book The General in the Garden: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon. Recently, he has been researching George William Fairfax’s acquisition of London furnishings for Belvoir utilizing a recently rediscovered book of receipts. Many of these furnishings eventually made their way to Mount Vernon, and the document has become the “Rosetta Stone” for interpreting the house’s furnishings. This document has formed the groundwork for Erby’s restoration of the front parlor, which housed much of the Fairfax furniture. In addition, he is also spearheading the restoration of the central passage. Erby holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.
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