The Gingrich Foundation is pleased to designate the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association as its February Charity of the Month, in honor of President George Washington.
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the United States. The Association is charged with maintaining George Washington’s home and estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association was founded in 1853 by Ann Pamela Cunningham. Under her leadership, the Association began a national campaign to save Washington’s home. Within five years, they purchased Mount Vernon from President Washington’s great-grandnephew and began to restore it. In 1860, the Association opened Mount Vernon to the public, and it has remained as a monument to President Washington ever since.
Today, approximately one million people visit Mount Vernon each year. The restored mansion is open to visitors, as are the gardens and grounds where a variety of original buildings still stand. On a hillside overlooking the Potomac, President Washington is buried with his wife Martha and several other family members.
Recent additions to Mount Vernon help educate visitors. The Ford Orientation Center presents a beautiful video introduction to Washington’s life and accomplishments, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center features 23 galleries and theaters to learn about Washington in further depth. The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which serves as a presidential library, opened in 2013.
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association cares for one of our country’s most important historic sites — the home and estate of our first president, George Washington, without the use of public funds.
Please join us in supporting the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association today.