Located in the Mildred B. Harrison Regional Librar, 50 Lester Street, Columbiana, Alabama 35051
Take this unexpected journey back into America’s past.
The Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington collection focuses on art and artifacts from the colonial period through 1865. The collection contains paintings, letters, furniture, porcelain, glassware, silver, jewelry, busts and more. Martha Washington’s prayer book printed in New York in 1783, an original 1787 Samuel Vaughn sketch of Mt. Vernon grounds, writing instruments and tools from George Washington’ s survey case and an original tintype depicting Robert E. Lee in his uniform for the last time are just a few collection highlights.
The beauty and craftsmanship of 18th and19th century furniture is evidenced by a number of carefully preserved pieces from the estates of the Washington family and their descendants. Coin-silver utensils used at Mount Vernon, a 207-piece set of Minton porcelain and an exquisite pair of Sevres vases, circa 1785, from the Augustin Washington estate, the half-brother of George, highlight the display. One highly-regarded piece is a walnut games table with tulip and rosewood inlay (circa 1805). The beautiful table belonged to Bushrod Washington, a direct descendant, who inherited Mount Vernon upon Martha’s death.
We are open Wednesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Admission is free and available to the general public.
Guided Tours of the museum’s exhibitions and the building are available for general visitors and students. Tours for 5 or more are available by appointment, preferably 1 week in advance. Please call us at (205) 669-8767 for information.