Afternoon on the Piazza at Mount Vernon

Hi from Esther White and Luke Pecoraro, the Director of Archaeology and Assistant Archaeologist at Mount Vernon!  There is never a dull day at George Washington’s estate.   A search has been underway all week for a leak in one of the modern irrigation lines.  Mount Vernon was surveyed during the 1980s so we know where archaeological sites are located on our 425 acres.  Despite this, when our grounds crew is looking for a leaky pipe we monitor their exploratory trenches to ensure that nothing of cultural importance is disturbed.  You can see how we spent part of our afternoon in this photo.