Bushrod Washington's pise greenhouse, 1859-1861
Scope and Contents
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.
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
Stereoscopic view of Bushrod Washington's earthen or pise greenhouse built adjacent to Washington's original greenhouse (partially destroyed by fire in 1835). To the right of the photograph you can see a portion of the upper garden wall. The greenhouse as well as the surrounding structures are in a state of disrepair. Photograph was taken by James Cremer (Philadelphia), c. 1860. Mounted on cream board. A label adhered to the reverse of the cardboard mount reads: James Cremer, Publisher of Stereoscopic Views, 18 South Eighth St, Philadelphia. Stereoscopes and Views, Wholesale and Retail.
6 11/16 in. x 3 1/4 in.
- Albumen prints Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Card photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate) Subject Source: Naf
- Photographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Pise Greenhouse Subject Source: Local sources
- Stereographs Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms