George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Throughout the year, the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association is delighted to welcome members of the Washington and Custis families to Mount Vernon. One such family visit, however, will remain especially memorable. In November 2003, when a group of descendants of John Augustine Washington III came to Mount Vernon, one family member brought with her a photograph of a work of art in her possession. It was a beautiful pastel of the Virgin Mary, a painting that the Washingtons hung in the mansion’s large dining room. Now, more than 200 years after George and Martha’s deaths and a voyage through several generations of this distinguished family, the Virgin Mary returned home just before Christmas 2003, through the extraordinary generosity of Maud T. Drane, a great-great-granddaughter of John A. Washington III, the last private owner of Mount Vernon. More here and from our website here.