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Historic Mount Vernon Introduces Three French Furniture Lines

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Mount Vernon celebrates the 250th birthday of the Marquis de Lafayette and his historic friendship with George Washington with three new French furniture lines now available from Caperton Furnitureworks, Taylor King, and Durham Furniture. The collections draw upon the French influence that was found in Mount Vernon’s furnishings. These sophisticated furniture lines can be found on each of the company’s websites where consumers will be directed to the nearest retail store carrying the product. “We are proud to be represented by these three quality companies – all solid wood manufacturers with furniture produced in North America,” said Beverly Addington, Director of Licensing for Historic Mount Vernon. “Not only do they value quality craftsmanship, they pride themselves in being associated with Mount Vernon, George Washington and the values each represents.” Caperton Furnitureworks Mount Vernon’s first informal dining collection is being produced by Caperton Furnitureworks. This French-inspired collection is crafted of solid maple with a warm distressed finish and consists of eight pieces including three dining tables, two chair designs, a dining armoire, sideboard, and open cupboard. Taylor King Taylor King introduces French-themed upholstery and furniture designs with its latest line in the Mount Vernon Collection, inspired by the Marquis de Lafayette. Historical references can be seen throughout all of the new fabrics and frame styles in the collection. Durham Furniture Durham Furniture’s Marquis de Lafayette collection of bedroom furniture reflects 18th-century styling using handcrafted cherry and maple. All pieces feature gentle French styling with tapered and fluted legs, reminiscent of George Washington’s own dressing table. George Washington & the Marquis de Lafayette In 1777 Lafayette met Washington and the two men formed a life-long friendship despite differences in age and nationality. They were united by a common belief in individual liberty and a democratic society that has set them apart as two of the greatest leaders in modern history. Lafayette found in Washington a father figure (his father was killed in battle when Lafayette was only two). To Washington, who had no children of his own, the courageous Lafayette met his expectations of the ideal son. About Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens: Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital. About Taylor King: Taylor King is a locally-owned furniture manufacturer based in Taylorsville, NC, that offers comfortable, benchmade upholstered seating for the home. Characterized by clean styling, soft fabrics and a timeless spirit, Taylor King furniture is available to designers and retailers under its two exclusive brands: Taylor King and King's Road. The 35 year-old manufacturer excels at skillfully engineered upholstery and its attention to detail. www.taylorking.com About Caperton Furnitureworks Caperton Furnitureworks, a founding member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, was founded 50 years ago as Tom Seely Furniture. Caperton Furnitureworks is headquartered in Berkeley Springs, WV, where the company’s solid-wood furniture is handcrafted in an oversized West Virginia workshop as well as in a number of independent Amish and Mennonite workshops in Pennsylvania and Ohio. www.capertonfurnitureworks.com About Durham Furniture: Durham Furniture has been a leading North American furniture manufacturer since 1899. Today the company has a network of more than 600 retail accounts throughout the United States and Canada. Using a combination of traditional construction techniques such as mortised joints and dovetailed drawers, and modern innovations such as a wooden dust panels placed between each drawer that prevent dust from falling between drawers onto clean garments, Durham’s solid-wood furniture is designed to endure. www.durhamfurniture.com

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