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Published on May 10, 2011
Officials at George Washington's historic home of Mount Vernon broke ground on a new library to house information on the nation's first president. The $47 million Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington will house 2,500 rare 18th and 19th century books, including 80 books that were owned by Washington, in addition to 500 letters, ledgers and account books that bear George Washington's writing or signature. In addition to housing Washington's books and manuscripts, the five-acre facility will serve as a scholarly retreat, create educational outreach programs on Washington and provide seminars and training programs with a special focus on Washington's leadership.The 45,000-square-foot library was designed by Ayers Saint Gross, an architectural design and planning firm in D.C. It is expected to be completed in 2013. Please note: Fairfax County is not responsible for the content provided on "related" and "promoted" videos that are accessible from this county's YouTube channel. All viewers should note that these related videos and comments expressed on them do not reflect the opinions and position of the Fairfax County government or its officers and employees.