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Before and After Images of Parking Area Near Entrance Gate

 Item — Box: 21
Identifier: RP-2288 ; Photo-6746a

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: Majority of material found in 1850-2010


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


Related Materials

8 in. x 5 1/4 in. copy photograph appears in Box 21 with the accesson number "RP-2288 ; Photo-6746bi."

Physical Description

Black and white photograph of the before and after of grading to parking area near the entrance of Mount Vernon. Severall sheds or houses were also removed as part of the improvements. A typed caption reads, "Above shows result of the grading near the Entrance Gate, and improvement gained by removing unsightly houses. Note how the ridge (lower left) is flattened and our 'Corner' raised, forming a 4-foot Terrace along curve as far as indicated by wire fence starting in foreground. The fence is for temporary protection of the sodded embankment and grass-sown surface back of same." Photographs adhered to paper.


8 in. x 5 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