National Geographic : 1928 May
MOUNT VERNON IN WASHINGTON'S DAY WAS A COMMUNITY IN ITSELF Large plantations were self-contained units, raising practically all the food required, and spinning and weaving much ofthecloth used. The master's family purchased clothing in the cities or even direct from England, but itineranttailors, shoemakers and other artisans traveled from one estate to another making garments and footwear for the servants. At Mount Vernon, most ofthese traveling craftsmen did their work in the gardener's house, to the left of the mansion. On the other side are the kitchenand butler's house.