Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
George Washington, letter to George William Fairfax, June 26, 1786.
The original kitchen was built in 1775 as a separate outbuilding. This reduced the danger of fire to the Mansion and distanced the Washington family and their many guests from the Kitchen's smoke, heat, and noise. Martha Washington is said to have supervised the bread-making and ordered a ham boiled daily. House slaves who worked here included three cooks— Hercules, Nathan, and Lucy. Lucy's husband, Frank, served as a butler and, at various times, the couple resided in a room above the kitchen. In 1799, Mrs. Forbes, a white hired housekeeper, took up residence in the rooms above, convenient to her work of running the househo1d.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Agriculture • Colonial Era. A significant historical date for this entry is June 26, 1786.
Location. 38° 42.476′ N, 77° 5.193′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, VirginiaTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon VA 22121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Mount Vernon (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington's Vehicles (within shouting distance of this marker); Powel Coach (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery at Mount Vernon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slave Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Origin of the Purple Heart Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
Also see . . .
1. George Washington's Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (Submitted on January 16, 2018.)
2. Kitchen. Dennis Pogue, Ph.D.; George Washington's Mount Vernon. (Submitted on January 17, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. slave labor, enslaved persons
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.