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A recreation of George Washington's apple brandy soon goes on sale at Mount Vernon, made with the same historic apple varieties he favored. (Portrait by Gilbert Stuart)

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This undated handout photo provided by Mount Vernon shows North Cove near the palladian window at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Va. estate. The keepers of Washington's Mount Vernon estate on Friday announced a major reinterpretation of the largest room in the Founding Father's riverfront mansion. For decades, interpreters showed the room to tourists as Washington's large dining room. Upon further review, historians at Mount Vernon have concluded that the room Washington referred to as the "new room" that was added at the start of the American Revolution was actually more of a multi-purpose salon to impress and entertain visitors. A yearlong reinterpretation of the New Room will be unveiled to the public on Saturday, with a more authentic paint scheme and dozens of artifacts that Washington himself kept in the room. (AP Photo/Mount Vernon)

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This undated handout photo provided by Mount Vernon shows Amelia Jensen working on New Room ceiling near the palladian window at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Va. estate. The keepers of Washington's Mount Vernon estate on Friday announced a major reinterpretation of the largest room in the Founding Father's riverfront mansion. For decades, interpreters showed the room to tourists as Washington's large dining room. Upon further review, historians at Mount Vernon have concluded that the room Washington referred to as the "new room" that was added at the start of the American Revolution was actually more of a multi-purpose salon to impress and entertain visitors. A yearlong reinterpretation of the New Room will be unveiled to the public on Saturday, with a more authentic paint scheme and dozens of artifacts that Washington himself kept in the room. (AP Photo/Mount Vernon)

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Historic Trades Interpreter Trish Kristoff makes drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Historic Trades Interpreters Melissa Reed, left, and Trish Kristoff make drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Houses where even Hansel and Gretel would be welcome at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Melissa Reed (left) and Trish Kristoff indulging in a centuries-old tradition at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)