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Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Kitchen

 
 
Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 13, 2018
1. Kitchen Marker
Inscription. “A glass of wine and a bit of mutton are always ready, and such as will be content to partake of them are always welcome”
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.
 
Location. 38° 42.476′ N, 77° 5.193′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235) and Mount Vernon Memorial Parkway. Touch for map. This marker is on the grounds of Mount Vernon. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon VA 22121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Kitchen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 13, 2018
2. Kitchen Marker
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.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Kitchen<br>at Mount Vernon image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 13, 2018
3. The Kitchen
at Mount Vernon
George Washington<br>in front of the Kitchen<br>at Mount Vernon image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 13, 2018
4. George Washington
in front of the Kitchen
at Mount Vernon
Detail of a copy of a 1993 painting, George Washington Architect, by Peter Waddell on display in the Education Center.
Old family kitchen at Mt. Vernon image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
5. Old family kitchen at Mt. Vernon
The kitchen was connected with the mansion by the arched colonnade in which the daily meals of General Washington and family were prepared. From a stereograph taken between 1880 and 1900.
Fireplace in the kitchen at Mt. Vernon image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
6. Fireplace in the kitchen at Mt. Vernon
c. 1903 Photo by H.H. Dodge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. 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.
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