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Washington's Tomb, Mount Vernon, Virginia.

 Item — Box: HPC - Stereorgraphs - Box 2
Identifier: RP-22 ; St-3053

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.


  • 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


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: Washington's TOmb, Mount Vernon, Virginia. Washington's Tomb, as seen in the picture, is at the foot of a little knoll, a couple of hundred yards from his home, Mt. Vernon. In this tomb reposes the mortal remains of George and Martha Washington. Through the open iron door can be seen the stone escarpments of the two tombs. It is visited asa matter of courtesy to the American nation, by all the great foreign diplomats, who place wreaths on the tombs. All boats on the Potomac toll their bells when passing.


6 15/16 in. x 3 7/16 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