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Old Fruit Found in George Washington's House
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Archeologist Jason Boroughs discusses artifacts found underneath George Washington's residence in Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, June 17, 2024. Earlier this year, a few dozen 18th-century glass bottles containing fruit were unearthed in the mansion cellar of the America's first president.(AP Photo/Nathan Ellgren)

Old Fruit Found in George Washington's House

June 17th, 2024

People found old glass bottles with fruit inside at George Washington's old house in Mount Vernon, Virginia. George Washington was the first president of the United States. They found the fruit in the cellar (a room under the house). The fruit is more than 250 years old. There were cherries and berries in the bottles. Some people are trying to see if they can grow new trees from the old cherry seeds. They are also trying to find out if there were special spices used with the fruit. Long ago, George and Martha Washington liked cherries with their drinks. Slaves used to work in the kitchen and take care of the fruit. The people found the bottles because they are making the old house look nice again. They will finish fixing the house by the year 2026. They did not think they would find so much fruit. They say finding the old fruit is very special. They have found 35 bottles. Some bottles broke, but 29 are still whole. There were 12 bottles with cherries and 16 with other berries. They think they have found all the fruit that is there. They are happy to learn from the bottles.
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๐Ÿ’ญ Discussion Questions


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. Where did people find old glass bottles with fruit?
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. Who was George Washington?
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. What kind of fruit did they find in the bottles?

๐Ÿ“– Vocabulary


๐ŸŒ Cultural context


George Washington was a very important leader in American history. The house mentioned is in the United States and is a historic place. The finding of old fruit is connected to how people in the past lived and what they ate.

๐Ÿง  Further reading


List of dried foods
We dry food to keep it safe. It stops bad tiny things from growing. People have dried food since a very long time ago. Dried food comes in many kinds. We have dried yeast for making breads and cakes. We have small squares called bouillon cubes to make soup. There is also a special morning drink powder. You add milk to it and drink it. You can have coffee quickly by using instant coffee. It is coffee that is dry and you make it with water. We also have eggs in powder form. These eggs can last many years. Even ice cream can be dried! This kind of ice cream does not need to be cold. Astronauts tried it in space, but they did not like it much.

Landrace
A landrace is a special kind of animal or plant that farmers have grown for a very long time. They are used to living in the same place and like the weather and land there. Landraces are not like other farm animals or plants that are all the same. Many farmers all over the world like to grow landraces. This is because they can grow well with less food and don't get sick easily. They are also good because they can have different colors or tastes that people like. Landraces are important and people study them a lot, especially the ones that are plants. Animals can be landraces too, but they are not the same as wild animals or other kinds of farm animals. Sometimes, animals that run away can become new landraces if they stay away long enough. Landraces are special because they help make a place interesting and they can be very helpful to farmers.

Conservation and restoration of archaeological sites
People work together to take care of old places where people used to live. They want to keep these places safe and sometimes make them look like they did a long time ago. They think about many things like beauty, history, and nature when they decide how to take care of these places. When people dig in these old places, they change them, so they must be very careful. Old places go through different times: 1. When they were first made, people used them. 2. Then, nobody used them. They got old, and nature started to change them. 3. People find these old places. 4. People who study old things dig them up and write about what they find. 5. After digging, these places can get old again. People try to protect them. 6. Sometimes, people try to fix the old places, but they donโ€™t do it right, and this can make them worse. It's important to look after these old places the right way.