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Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington
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The Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington houses one of the largest privately owned collections of George and Martha Washington memorabilia outside of Mt. Vernon. The extensive collection focuses on art and artifacts from the colonial period through 1865. The collection contains paintings, letters, furniture, porcelain, glassware, silver, jewelry, busts and more. Martha Washington’s prayer book printed in New York in 1783, an original 1787 Samuel Vaughn sketch of Mt. Vernon grounds, writing instruments and tools from George Washington’ s survey case and an original tintype depicting Robert E. Lee in his uniform for the last time are just a few collection highlights.
The oldest item in the Museum is the handwritten will of Colonel Daniel Parke dated 1710. His grandson Daniel Parke Custis married Martha Dandridge. After his death she married George Washington. Other 18th century treasures abound from Martha's prayer book to the original sketch of the landscaping planned for Mount Vernon in 1787.