Mount Vernon was the family estate of the Washington family. After inheriting the estate in 1761, Washington increased the property's acreage from 2,00 to 8,000 acres, added 5 working farms and painstakingly designed the landscape to be not only functional to the work done there but beautiful as well. Washington also renovated the Mansion by adding a second story, building north and south wings, refinishing the exterior, redecorating the interior and building an impressive two-story porch overlooking the Potomac River. The extensive work accomplished under Washington's ownership is evident to this day. The Mount Vernon Template celebrates both George Washington's industrious nature and his impeccable sense of design.