Virginia: Historians reinterpret Mount Vernon’s ‘new room’

 
 
George Washington re-enactor Dean Malissa with Mount Vernon Curator Susan Schoelwer during a preview of the opening of the ‘New Room’ following its restoration at Mount Vernon.
George Washington re-enactor Dean Malissa with Mount Vernon Curator Susan Schoelwer during a preview of the opening of the ‘New Room’ following its restoration at Mount Vernon.
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George Washington ate here, but not nearly as much as we first thought. The keepers of Washington’s Mount Vernon estate earlier this month announced a major reinterpretation of the largest room in the Founding Father’s riverfront mansion. For decades, interpreters showed the room to tourists as Washington’s large dining room. Upon further review, historians have concluded that the room Washington referred to as the “new room” (it was added at the start of the American Revolution) was actually more of a multi-purpose salon to impress and entertain visitors.

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