Locations

Present Day Mount Vernon Plantation

Present Day Mount Vernon Plantation

The Mansion house is approximately 3500 square feet with 21 ones.  West Ford was instrumental in telling the MVLA when they bought the property about the original room decor (I Cannot Tell a Lie, Chapter 17).

Mount Vernon Plantation, walk way

Mount Vernon Plantation, walk way

Present day photo along a walk way to the slave cabins. Photo from collection LABH.

Ford descendents at at Mount Vernon

Ford descendents at at Mount Vernon

Photo of Janet Allen, Linda Allen Hollis, Judy Burton and Joy Allen Stone on a visit to Mount Vernon. From LABH collection.

Mount Vernon Plantation

Mount Vernon Plantation

View of the Potomac River at Mount Vernon. The two-story porch faces the river. From LABH collection.

Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon

Slave Cemetery at Mount Vernon

Linda at the Mount Vernon slave cemetery.  The Stone reads: "In memory of the many faithful colored servants of the Washington family at Mount Vernon from 1760-1860.  Their unidentified graves surround this spot." The stone was placed in 1929. The controversy is of the wording, "faithful colored servants"  These poor souls were not servants, they were slaves. From LABH collection.

Memorial Stone

Memorial Stone

This is a moument placed in the Mount Vernon Slave Cemetery titled "Life Unfinished". The slave cemetery is considered sacred ground for the slaves and freed blacks who worked at the plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries. Folklore states that their bodies were buried with their feet towards the east where the river runs.The Slave Memorial at Mount Vernon was designed by students attending the architectural school at Howard University. Photo by Joy Allen from LABH collection.

Wreath for West

Wreath for West

A wreath dedicated to West Ford at the slave cemetery at Mount Vernon. From LABH collection.