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Mount Vernon Estate, west gate and porter's lodge, circa 1874

 Item — Box: HPC - Cabinet Card - Box 2
Identifier: 2018-VR-022.020

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Historical Photograph Collection is largely comprised of materials created by or for the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Some of the earliest photographs of the estate were created and sold to visitors by the Association as a means of income. Those efforts helped to establish an important collection of 19th century views. The collection spans the 1850s to 2000s and includes over 140 linear feet of analog material providing a visual history of the Mansion, outbuildings, tombs, grounds, events, visitors, collection objects, personnel, and changes throughout the estate.


  • Creation: circa 1874


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. The library reserves the right to restrict access to certain items for preservation purposes.


From the Collection: 89 Linear Feet (Variety of container sizes based on photograph sizes and material types. Over-sized items are housed in drawers.)

Language of Materials


Physical Description

Albumen print adhered to a cabinet card mount. View of the fence line and west gate to the Mount Vernon estate including the (north) porters' lodge. A group of people are standing at the entrance, two women and two men. The verso inlcudes a printed text, 'From Gardner's Gallery, 921 Penn. Ave., Washington, D. C." Also on verso is a handwritten note, "Outhouse at Mount Vernon gate through which Gen. Washington last rode on Horseback. Purchased by M. M. Dillon at Gen. W. former residence, 1874."


6 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Photo Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository

P.O. Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 United States