The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (MVLA) is the oldest historic preservation organization in the U.S., working to preserve the home of George Washington since 1859. Thanks to their work, Mount Vernon is one of the best documented and most complete examples of an estate from early America. Because the preservation work is never complete, Mount Vernon's architectural historians continue to conduct research and restore the historic structures for future generations of visitors.
Discover the estate's ongoing preservation work during this 75-minute behind-the-scenes tour. Walk among the outbuildings and receive an overview of the practices and processes used by architectural historians in their work, meet the preservation staff and explore rarely seen areas of the estate, such as the Mansion's cellar.