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702. Mt. Vernon, Va. Gen. Washington Tomb., 1898

 Item — Box: HPC - Stereorgraphs - Box 2
Identifier: RP-15 ; St-3036

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.


  • Copyright: 1898


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

Stereographic view of Washington's tomb at Mount Vernon, color photomechanical print. Edmund Parker, tomb guard, stands next to the iron gates at the entrance to the vault. Text printed directly onto the reverse of the cardboard mount reads: No. 702. Mt. Vernon, Va., Gen. Washington's Tomb. The tomb to which Washington's remains were removed from the old family vault in 1831, stands a few hundred yards from the house, near a wooded ravine. Visitors pass it as they ascend from the wharf to the house. It is of plain brick, which, behind an iron grating, contains two sarcophagi with the remains of George Washington (1732-99) and his wife Martha (1730-1808)[correct life dates, 1731-1802]. The whole civilized world paid tribute to Washington's memory, when he had sped the scene whose sorest need of his service had vanished, but his best eulogy was the grief of the united millions, who had gradually become impressed by the beauty of a life devoted to their welfare. Washington left behind him a unity of states, too firmly compacted to perish with himself, and it is gratifying to know what popular confidence rewarded him in his declining years for all that he, "The greatest of good men, and the best of great men" had accomplished. A8723. A note ink reads: Presented by C. C. Floyd of Arlington 3/10/50.


7 in. x 3 1/2 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