The National Parks Service attempted to shut down Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s plantation, earlier this week. There’s only one problem: As The Blaze points out, Mt. Vernon is owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which receives no government funding.
Nevertheless, the NPS erected barricades in front of parking lots at the estate Tuesday. According to Stephen Gutowski, who documented the attempted closure, Mt. Vernon spokeswoman Melissa Wood told him that “the Park Service was confused about the ownership of those parking lots.” Most of the barricades were removed after several hours. However, Gutowski noted in an update to his post that barricades were still blocking a portion of one parking lot as of Friday morning. Wood told Gutowski that the barricaded section was “most likely owned by the Park Service” but did not elaborate.
Mt. Vernon appears understandably eager to disabuse potential visitors of the notion that it’s shutdown. This is currently in the first slide in the site’s homepage slideshow.
This isn’t the first time that the NPS has attempted to shutter a privately funded park. On Wednesday, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm announced that the NPS had ordered it to suspend operations.