Location: Mount Vernon, Virginia, United States
George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located near Washington, DC, is the historic site dedicated to interpreting the life of the first president within the context of his home and plantation. The 2014 Mount Vernon / University of Maryland (UMD) Field School in Historic Preservation embarks on its second year of a multi-year project to investigate the archaeological, architectural, and interpretive histories of the Washington families’ kitchen to create an integrated approach to its study, documentation, and public presentation.
This course will instruct students in historic preservation method and theory. Students will learn archaeological and architectural field methodology, laboratory procedures, and current themes in historical archaeology and historical preservation. Through readings, discussions, and field trips, as well as conducting fieldwork at George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm, students will delve into three prominent themes of historic house museums – the evolution of the plantation landscape, African American history, and public interpretation.
Period(s) of Occupation: Historic Period
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 6 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Mount Vernon does not offer housing on the property, but staff will work with students to find local accommodations if necessary. A modest stipend will be provided.