Mount Vernon Revisited: Images
By Jessie Biele and Michael K. Bohn. ISBN97801-4671-2113-2. Copyright 2014. Softcover with 127 pages.
The Mount Vernon community in Fairfax County, Virginia, is named after George Washington's beloved home. Washington acquired the house and plantation in 1754 and lived there in peace and war until his 1799 death. Since then, the area's 340-year history has gained breadth and texture beyond Washington's personal heritage. In the 1840s and 1850s, forty Quaker families moved to Mount Vernon and revitalized area agriculture and commerce. In 1858, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association acquired the mansion and 200 acres and continue to preserve and expand the historic landmark to this day. The development of Route 1 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the 20th century contributed to today's economic development and growth in the Mount Vernon area. Neighborhoods and sites along the Potomac River are rife with history, including landmarks like the Woodlawn Plantation, Gum Springs, Pohick Church, Fort Belvoir, and Gunston Hall.