Va. Historic Area Helps Recreate 1st 'Oval Office'

April 6, 2013

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Colonial Williamsburg and Museum of the American Revolution are teaming up to reproduce the large oval-shaped tent that was George Washington's home for much of the Revolutionary War.

The tent served as both is bedroom and office for the first commander-in-chief of American military forces.

Officials say historic tradespeople at the Virginia historic area will hand-sew the tent using hand-loomed Irish linen this summer. Others there will fashion wooden poles to support the structure, forge iron hardware and pole fittings, and carve stakes to anchor it. It will measure 22 feet long, 15 feet wide and ten feet high when complete.

Once complete, it will be used for a variety of programs before being displayed in the new Museum of the American Revolution when it opens in Philadelphia in 2016.

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