Virtual Travel Video: Rosemont Plantation & Ann Pamela Cunningham

Join Explore Up Close in Laurens County, South Carolina, as we delve into a fascinating tale of early historical preservation in the United States - the story of how George Washington's Mount Vernon was saved by a South Carolina lady. 

A Laurens County native, Ann Pamela Cunningham established one of the country's first preservation organizations, when she formed the Mount Vernon Ladies Association in 1853 and spearheaded efforts to preserve Mount Vernon for future generations. 

Her letters wryly describe her negotiations with George Washington's great grand-nephew, John Augustine Washington: 

"I shook hands with Mr. Washington; told him it was leap-year, women were bound to have their way. He might resist with all his might, but I knew I was to be victor, and must counsel him to follow the example of his illustrious ancestor, who never acted on a grave affair without having slept on it." 

Join us in Laurens County on the site of her family's ancestral home, Rosemont Plantation. The house burned in 1930, but the fascinating story of Ann Pamela Cunningham and her Mount Vernon Ladies Association remains. 

Click below to watch the video, and let's explore . . . 

 

For further reading: https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/ann-pamela-cunningham/

Posted on April 24th in Virtual Travel Series