From 1754 to 1799, George Washington called Mount Vernon home. In 1853, Ann Pamela Cunningham and a group of likeminded patriotic women formed the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, which raised the funds necessary to preserve the estate. More than 150 years after Cunningham’s call to save Washington’s home, Mount Vernon stands as a symbol of the life and legacy of the Father of our Country, as well as a testament to the perseverance of one of the first historic preservation groups ever formed.
Today, thanks to the continued vision of generations of patriotic, philanthropic Americans, Mount Vernon thrives as a national treasure—where visitors can experience the estate as it was when George and Martha Washington lived there in 1799.
If you would like to ensure that Mount Vernon can continue to inform and inspire future generations about the real George Washington, please read the following pages. Many friends of Mount Vernon have discovered creative ways to support Washington’s home. For example:
- You will discover ways to give you may not have thought possible, while you enjoy increased income, tax savings and other benefits.
- You may make your gifts today, or through plans that first allow you to provide financial security for yourself and your loved ones.
- You can also add meaning to your gift by designating it to honor or memorialize someone special to you.
- You will enjoy your giving more, knowing that you are supporting Mount Vernon in ways that maximize your giving potential.
We trust the information provided here will help with your philanthropic planning. Thanks to your generosity, Mount Vernon will benefit millions of future visitors who, by experiencing Washington’s home, will understand the extraordinary life and vision of our nation’s first president.