A trip to Washington's home.
A riding chair.
When a young man, George Washington acquired a riding chair similar to this 18th-century vehicle. Popular in America and England, riding chairs could travel country lanes and back roads more easily than bulkier four-wheeled chariots and coaches. Several slaves took care of the Mount Vernon vehicles, including Joe, a driver, and Jack, a wagoner. This coach house was reconstructed on the original site in 1894.
The dung repository.
The "repository for dung" was designed to compost animal manure and a variety of organic materiels to "cure" into fertilizer for use in the nearby gardens and orchard. The building illustrates George Washington's dedication to finding ways to improve the fertility of his soils, and to convert Mount Vernon into a model of progressive farming.