Archaeologists Discover Rare 18th Century Preserves at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate


A trove of glass jars filled with fruit preserves has been unearthed at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate, with archaeologists estimating they haven’t been seen since before the American Revolution. The discovery is considered a spectacular find, according to Mount Vernon President and CEO Doug Bradburn.

The recent excavation is part of the $40 million privately funded Mansion Revitalization Project at the home of America’s first president. The project has already yielded several significant finds, including two intact European-manufactured glass bottles containing cherry preserves, reported in April.

“We were ecstatic about those bottles,” Bradburn said, adding that the latest discovery has far exceeded expectations. “This is an unprecedented find, and nothing of this scale and significance has ever been excavated in North America.”

The discovery is seen as a major breakthrough, potentially providing a unique glimpse into the origins of the United States. The cherry pits found in the jars may even be viable for future germination, Bradburn noted. The find is particularly significant, as it comes just before the 250th anniversary of the U.S.’s founding.

Olivia Rondeau
Olivia Rondeau
Digital Reporter. Previously, Olivia was a contributor at the Daily Caller, a staff writer at Foundation for Economic Education, and a Pennsylvania Campus Correspondent at Campus Reform. Prior to that, she worked in social media, research, and public relations at Arsenal Media Group. Olivia is a political science major at the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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