Arts and Entertainment
April 29, 2014
Mount Vernon Revisited, part of Arcadia Publishing's popular Images of America series by local authors Jessie Biele and Michael K. Bohn, boasts more than 200 images showcasing the unique history of Mount Vernon.
In this pictorial history, the Mount Vernon community in Fairfax County, Va., is highlighted in vintage images. The area draws its name from George Washington's home overlooking the Potomac River. Washington acquired the house and plantation in 1754 and lived there in peace and war until his 1799 death. The book explains how since then, the area's 340-year history has gained breadth and texture beyond Washington's personal heritage.
Authors Biele and Bohn include information on the revitalization of the area and the increase in agriculture and commerce in the 1840s and 1850 when forty Quaker families moved to Mount Vernon. The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association bought the mansion and 200 acres from Washington's great-grandnephew in 1858 and continues to preserve the historic landmark to this day.
The modern history of the site is highlighted as well, showing how the development of Route 1 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the 20th century contributed to today's economic development and growth in the Mount Vernon area. Mount Vernon Revisited hopes to capture all of these landmarks and events in an effort to preserve the area's history for generations to come.
Join the author for a signing:
7940 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria VA 22306
When: Saturday, May 10rd, 2013; 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.
Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.
Mount Vernon Revisited
by Jessie Biele, Michael K. Bohn
Images of America Series
128 pages/ softcover
Available: March 24, 2014