National Geographic : 1928 May
THE HOME OF THE FIRST FARMER OF AMERICA THE CENTRAL HALL AND STAIRWAY OF THE MANSION The large clock on the stairs and the hanging lantern were brought to the mansion by Lawrence Washington. In a frame on the wall at the left is the key to the Bastile, presented to General Washington by Lafayette after the capture of the fortress prison by the Revolutionists in 1789. In a case above the table at the right are four of Washington's swords. © Mount Vernon Ladies' Association THE BANQUET HALL'S CONSTRUCTION WAS SUPERVISED BY POST The lavish hospitality that was so freely extended at Mount Vernon necessitated a very large dining room. At General Washington's death there were twenty-seven mahogany chairs in this room. The marble mantle was presented to him by an English admirer and the clock, candlesticks and vases are all original furnishings.