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Bushrod Washington's pise greenhouse, 1859-1861

 Item — Box: HPC - Stereorgraphs - Box 2
Identifier: 2017-VR-031

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.


  • 1859-1861


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

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.

Repository Details

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

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