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.
The General in the Garden: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon is the beautiful new book recently released by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and distributed by the University of Virginia Press. Lead author, Mt. Vernon Assistant Curator Adam T. Erby, will examine the landscape history at George Washington’s beloved estate, describing the General’s personal design efforts in the years between the American Revolution and the Constitutional Convention of 1787; the Association’s stewardship of the historic landscape since 1860; and the ongoing efforts to restore the gardens and landscape to their appearance in 1799, the last year of George Washington’s life. Erby will examine Washington’s critical role in developing Mount Vernon, drawing on British design sources and gardening manuals, but adapting them to his own circumstances, and thereby creating a truly American landscape. He will trace the evolution of the estate’s landscape and recreated gardens. And finally, he will examine how groundbreaking archaeological methods and modern scientific analysis recently facilitated the rediscovery of long lost Washington-era garden features—a remarkable find that has allowed for one of the most significant eighteenth-century garden recreations of our time.
Adam Erby graduated from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture in May 2013 and has served as Assistant Curator at Mt. Vernon since June 2012. Please join us in welcoming Adam to the Association!
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