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History Up Close at Mount Vernon 3-D Photograph Exhibit

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Groups can surround themselves with 150-year-old vistas at Mount Vernon’s newly opened “Mount Vernon in 3-D: Then and Now” exhibit. The photography exhibition showcases 20 rare historic images from George Washington’s former home.

Ranging from the 1850s to the early 1900s, the photographs depict how the estate has changed over the years since the Mount Vernon Ladies Association purchased the home in 1858.

Guest can don included 3-D glasses to bring the images to life with an illusion of depth.

The Center for Civil War Photography digitally scanned the images to create 3-D pictures. Visitors receive a complimentary map along with the glasses to view each images on signs near their actual locations.

The exhibit encourages participants to compare the old interiors and exteriors of the house with the new. Interpretive notes attached to each image reveal the history behind the differences, such as one 1900 image that shows the absence of a greenhouse, which had been destroyed in 1835 by fire. The greenhouse was later recreated.

The exhibit will run through November 20. For more information, visit