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

The Old Vault

 
 
The Old Vault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
1. The Old Vault Marker
Inscription.
”The family vault at Mount Vernon requiring repairs and being improperly situated besides, I desire that a new one of Brick, and upon a larger Scale, may be built at the foot of what is commonly called the Vineyard Inclosure …”

The Last Will and Testament of George Washington, July 1799

George and Martha Washington along with twenty other family members were originally interred in the old vault. In accordance with his will, Washington directed the building of a new tomb. The Washingtons were removed to the New Tomb in 1831.
 
Location. 38° 42.366′ N, 77° 5.504′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of George Washington Memorial Parkway and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. 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 markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tomb of Washington ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of the Many Faithful Colored Servants ( about 700 feet away); Mount Vernon's Slave Memorial
Marker at Mount Vernon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
2. Marker at Mount Vernon
( about 700 feet away); Slavery at Mount Vernon ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Powel Coach ( approx. ¼ mile away); Welcome to Mount Vernon ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Mount Vernon Estate ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Origin of the Purple Heart Trail ( approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. See the Old Vault and the New Tomb of George and Martha Washington.
 
Also see . . .  George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. (Submitted on October 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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The Old Vault image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
3. The Old Vault
George and Martha Washington were originally laid to rest in this vault. They remained here for over thirty years while a larger tomb was being constructed.
New Tomb image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
4. New Tomb
George and Martha Washington were moved to this new tomb in 1831.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,059 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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