Representatives from the French-American Cultural Foundation recently attended a conference in Paris organized by George Washington’s Mount Vernon with Université Paris 8: The Republics of France and the United States – 240 Years of Friendship. This event explored the long and important relationship between our two countries. Historians, policy makers, curators and cultural professionals gave presentations that explored a variety of ways in which our countries have cooperated since the American Revolution.
One of the areas of focus was on the archives of François-Jean de Beauvoir, Marquis de Chastellux, who served alongside George Washington as one of the principle liaisons between him and General Comte de Rochambeau. Mount Vernon recently acquired five of Washington’s letters written to Chastellux that will become part of the estate’s extensive archives.
Conference attendees had an opportunity to tour Château de Chastellux in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. The castle is still inhabited by the family who built it; the oldest part of the building was established circa 1080 AD. We hope you enjoy these photos and videos from this special tour of the historic property.
This is a view of the exterior at Château de Chastellux (from the back of the castle). pic.twitter.com/jgbr2NWs32
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