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Ruins of the orangery.
The counting house.
Moose, one of the Emerys' three dogs.
Built in 1758 by John Tayloe II, Mount Airy was the first plantation house in the colonies built in the manner of a neo-Palladian villa.
Niche in the limestone loggia.
The great hall.
Reading in the great hall.
Apothecary cabiney from the mid-1800s that belonged to Tayloe's cousin, Dr. John Snyder of Georgetown.
Dining room portraits of John Tayloe II and his wife, Rebecca Plater Tayloe with daughter Mary.
Portrait of Maryland Gov. George Plater, John Tayloe II's brother-in-law, in the dining room.
Tayloe Emery in the newly painted library.
Books from the personal library of John Tayloe II.
Hopscotch, in one of the children's bedrooms.
Catherine and Tayloe Emery with sons Tayloe and Thomas.
Mount Airy remains a gathering place for the extended Tayloe family.
Catherine Emery harvesting Mount Airy Gardens.
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