Monday notes: Mount Vernon damage update; bike ride date announced; West Po grad scores again

Mount Vernon damage

August storms caused serious damage to the east slope of the Mount Vernon estate. (Image from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Facebook page)

Update on Mount Vernon damage

Heavy rain in early August caused a mudslide that seriously damaged part of the Mount Vernon estate, including washing out part of a wall that overlooks the Potomac River. Since then workers have made an effort to stabilize the affected area and put in erosion control measures. But the damage is far beyond what’s occurred in previous mudslides, Mount Vernon’s president and CEO said, and the estate is asking the public for help.

Read more on Mount Vernon’s website.

Blue Room to open

In better Mount Vernon news, the estate announced last week that the Blue Room — one of six second-floor bedrooms in the mansion — will reopen to visitors on Oct. 7. The room has been closed since January for  a major restoration.


Pierson-El scores again

West Potomac graduate De’Mornay Pierson-El continued his strong senior season for Nebraska, catching a touchdown pass in the Cornhuskers’ 28-6 win over Illinois on Friday. Pierson-El finished with four catches for 94 yards. You can view his 45-yard TD catch and run below.

Tour de Mount Vernon date set

The 2nd Annual Tour de Mount Vernon bike ride will be held the morning of Saturday, Nov. 4, Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck announced in his monthly newsletter. Storck, an avid cyclist, hosted the community bike ride for the first time last year. 

Click here for registration information.