MV Mailbox: Greetings From 1910
Approximately 112 years ago on May 27, 1910, a Mrs. Sarah Mendenhall of Yeagertown, Pa., received a friendly postcard from a niece or nephew who visited Mount Vernon. The structure on the front of the note won’t be recognizable to those familiar with the estate today. The “Mt. Vernon Lunch Room” as it was called was a small shack-like station near the entrance to the estate where visitors could grab a bite to eat. In later years the lunch room was replaced by the Mount Vernon Tearoom, located in the same spot, which also happened to be on the trolly line to the estate. When the George Washington Parkway was constructed in the 1930s and the trolly ceased to function, the tearoom was torn down.
The layers of history that exist at Mount Vernon extend even beyond George Washington to the average visitor.
The postcards featured in the MV Mailbox series and hundreds others are part of Mount Vernon’s postcard collection. They range vastly in age and subject matter, but have one underlying commonality: George Washington’s estate.
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