“The above design is very perfect in its plan, and contains all the requirements for internal comforts, with considerable stylishness externally. It is of a model which is much used, and the beauty will depend upon the proportion of its parts and the correctness of its detail.”
First Story.—A parlor, 1.3 feet by 30 feet 3 inches; B hall, 13 feet by 13 feet; C sitting-room, 13 feet by 16 feet 9 inches; D dining-room, 12 feet by 24 feet 6 inches; E kitchen, 11 feet 6 inches by 16 feet; F scullery, 8 feet 9 inches by 14 feet; G, H, porch.
Second Story.—I chamber, 15 feet 10 inches by 11 feet 8 inches; J chamber, 16 feet 10 inches by 13 feet; K chamber, 13 feet 8 inches by 13 feet; L chamber, 12 feet by 20 feet; M chamber, 11 feet 3 inches by 16 feet 8 inches.
From Gleason’s Pictorial, 1853. —The tomb of Washington is in the foreground. The caption reads “Mount Vernon, the Birthplace and Residence of George Washington”; but in fact Washington had the good sense to be born at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. When this engraving was made, Mount Vernon was for sale, and was in serious danger of being turned into a commercial resort. Five years later it was rescued by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, who still own it today.