Soldier’s Quarters

December 31, 2007

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Revolutionary War Soldier’s Cabin at Mount Vernon Museum, Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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December During the Revolution

December 16, 2007

Revolutionary War Image

December seems to have been an important month for most of the years of the Revolutionary War. The following is from the museum at Mount Vernon, Virginia:

  • December 1776 – Washington crossed the Delaware River and captured Trenton, New Jersey.

  • December 1777 – Washington’s troops entered Winter Camp and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

  • December 1778 – Britain carried the war to the southern colonies by occupying Savannah, Georgia.

  • December 1779 – British General Clinton sailed from New York harbor to Charleston, South Carolina with 50,000 troops.

  • December 1783 – General Washington “voluntarily” stepped down as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

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The Washington Tomb

February 17, 2007

Washington Tomb

Tomb Entrance, Mount Vernon, Virginia

George Washington died in his bedroom at Mount Vernon on December 14th, 1799. His will directed that he be buried on the grounds of his beloved estate where he had selected a site for a new brick tomb to replace the original burial vault which was badly weathered and succumbing to the elements. However, the new tomb was not completed until more than thirty years later. It was in 1831, that the earthly remains of George and Martha were removed there. Every day from April through October a wreath laying ceremony is performed at 10 am and 2 pm in tribute to America’s greatest leader.

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Mount Vernon Cake

March 17, 2006

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Someone, somewhere, remembers the legacy of the Washingtons of Mount Vernon, Virginia. In times past, on Christmas Day, visitors to the Mount Vernon estate were offered copies of the original recipe for Martha Washington’s famous cake.

Martha Washington’s Great Cake

(One of Mrs. Washington’s favorite recipes)

Martha's Great Cake (Shown 1/4th Actual Size!)

“Take 40 eggs and divide the whites from the yolks and beat them to a froth. Then work 4 pounds of butter to a cream and put the whites of eggs to it a Spoon full at a time till it is well work’d. Then put 4 pounds of sugar finely powdered to it in the same manner then put in the Yolks of eggs and 5 pounds of flour and 5 pounds of fruit. 2 hours will bake it. Add to it half an ounce of mace and nutmeg half a pint of wine and some fresh brandy.”

Notes: In making the great cake, Mount Vernon’s curatorial staff followed Mrs. Washington’s recipe almost exactly. Where the recipe called for 5 pounds of fruit, without specifying which ones, 2 pounds of raisins, 1 pound of currants, and 2 pounds of apples were used. The wine used was cream sherry. Since no pan large enough was available to hold all the batter, two 14 (inch) layers were made and stacked (note: the original was one single tall layer). The layers were baked in a 350 degree oven for 1.5 hours. Should be iced with a very stiff egg-white based icing, flavored with rosewater or orange-flower water.

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George Washington Tomb

February 20, 2006

George Washington Tomb
Mount Vernon, Virginia, 22 February 2006

For two centuries after his death, American school children have known George Washington as the “Father of His Country”. When the great First President died in 1799, Congress adopted the eulogy given my his fellow Virginian, Henry Lee: “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” At the dawning of the 21st century the Commanding General of the Continental Army seems to be headed for the dust bin of history. Last year in a poll G.W. ranked about seventh, behind Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

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