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The Presidency: Mount Vernon Design

Mount Vernon, Virginia
Sunday, March 9, 2014

Art historian Joseph Manca talks about George Washington, the gentleman designer -- and about how the grounds and architecture at Mount Vernon, his Virginia home, reflect the independence and democratic ideals of the young country he led in war and peace. Washington, as Mr. Manca puts it, was building "a new American garden" that rejected European extravagance for what was called a "plain and neat" sensibility more suited to a republic. Mr. Manca spoke at Mount Vernon's new National Library for the Study of George Washington.   

Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10:37am (ET)

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