May 30, 2013
George Washington’s Mount Vernon has gone to the dogs with a walking tour focused on man’s best friend! All the President’s Pups will discuss the rich canine history of Mount Vernon — including the fact that Washington is credited by the American Kennel Club as being influential in the development of the American Foxhound. The new class of hounds resulted from breeding the French hounds Washington received as a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette in 1785 with his American hounds. Along with family, visitors, and friends, dogs are included in the annals of Mount Vernon history. The Washington’s enjoyed the company of Countess, Dublin, Jupiter, Lady, Mopsey, Sweetlips, and Venus. According to Mrs. Washington’s grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, a “French hound” named Vulcan, became the most infamous of Washington’s dogs after stealing Martha Washington’s ham, “the pride of every Virginia housewife’s table”, from the kitchen just as the family and guests were to sit down to dinner. While the General and the guests laughed heartily, Mrs. Washington was not amused.
Join us each Saturday morning through June 29th at 10 a.m. to learn more about Vulcan, and the other dogs of Mount Vernon on our new dog-friendly tour. This new 1.25 mile walking tour stops at 5 historic locations around Mount Vernon, including the West Gate, and discusses the numerous breeds of dogs ranging from hounds to terriers, to sporting dogs to working dogs found at Mount Vernon from the 18th century to today. We hope to see you on a Saturday soon — and of course, don’t forget your pup!
Category: Mount Vernon Animals