'New room' at Mount Vernon gets new interpretation


MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — George Washington ate here, but not nearly as much as we first thought.

The keepers of Washington's Mount Vernon estate on Friday announced a major reinterpretation of the largest room in the Founding Father's riverfront mansion.

For decades, interpreters showed the room to tourists as Washington's large dining room.

Upon further review, historians at Mount Vernon have concluded that the room Washington referred to as the "new room" — it was added to the mansion at the start of the American Revolution — was actually more of a multi-purpose salon room to impress and entertain visitors.

A yearlong reinterpretation of the New Room will be unveiled to the public on Saturday, with a more authentic paint scheme and dozens of artifacts that Washington himself kept in the room.

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