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Connoisseur Society

Hudson River Valley Tour

Members of Mount Vernon’s Connoisseur Society and other supporters enjoyed a wonderful autumn tour of the Hudson River Valley in October, with a special focus on sites related to George Washington.

Following the presentation of the George Washington Prize in New York, the group of 19 participants visited Washington sites in Lower Manhattan; Washington’s Headquarters at Newburgh; Olana, the home of Frederic Church; Clermont, a Livingston family home visited by the Washingtons; and Edgewater, a beautifully restored antebellum home. In addition, the group received a behind-the-scenes tour of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, historian-led private tour at West Point, and dinner at the Culinary Institute of America. Mount Vernon Library Research Fellow Dr. Charlene Boyer Lewis served as historian-in-residence throughout the journey and delivered an insightful evening lecture on Margaret Shippen Arnold, the influential wife of infamous traitor Benedict Arnold.

The Connoisseur Society is a group of George Washington enthusiasts who are dedicated to supporting the acquisition, preservation, and conservation of Mount Vernon’s rich and diverse collections.

To learn more,  contact the Development Department at 703.799.8647. 

Connoisseur Society Members

2019 support enabled Mount Vernon to begin the curatorial aspects of restoring the Yellow Room of the Mansion.

Mrs. Lucy S. Rhame, Chair, Alexandria, VA

Mrs. Russell B. Aitken, New York, NY
Mrs. Nadene Bradburn, Mount Vernon, VA
Sarah Miller Coulson Bryn, Mawr, PA
Mr. George Hackney Eatman, Washington, VA
Mr. and Mrs. James Freeman, Palm Beach, FL
Mrs. Julia Gluck, Alexandria, VA
Mr. Joseph P. Gromacki, Chicago, IL
Dr. and Mrs. Randolph H. Guthrie, Palm Beach, FL
Mrs. Bessie Hanahan, Charleston, SC
Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Dupont Hayward, Wilmington, DE
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hendelson, Bridgewater, NJ
Elizabeth Whitesides Holdsworth, Morristown, NJ
Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Johnson 3d, Boston, MA
Liz Rollins Mauran, Providence, RI
Ms. Pauline C. Metcalf, New York, NY
Mrs. P. William Moore, Jr., Staunton, VA
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce C. Perkins, Chevy Chase, MD
Dr. and Mrs. James S. Reibel, Greenwich, CT
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Robinson, Greenwich, CT
Andrea Notman Sahin, Boston, MA
Mr. and Mrs. Randall A. Schrimsher, Huntsville, AL
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott, New York, NY
Mrs. Douglas Seaman, Hobe Sound, FL
Jean Armfield Sherrill, Winston Salem, NC
Mary McLean Sherrill and Matthew Holland, Burlington, NC
Mr. Skip Sroka, Washington, DC
Susan M. and P. Coleman Townsend, Jr., Greenville, DE
Ms. Mary Ann Way, Alexandria, VA
Mrs. Wallace S. Wilson, Houston, TX