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Carol Borchert Cadou

Carol Cadou serves as Mount Vernon’s Senior Vice President for Historic Preservation and Collections, directing the management of the estate’s cultural resources in her oversight of the curatorial, collections management, archaeology, architecture and horticulture divisions.  

Carol has been at Mount Vernon for eighteen years; first appointed the estate’s Curator in 1999 before being named Robert H. Smith Senior Curator in 2004.  She is a graduate of Wellesley College, the Sotheby’s American Arts Course and the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in Early American Material Culture.

Her current research, lectures and publications focus on the material culture of Mount Vernon in the eighteenth century as well as the history and preservation of Mount Vernon through the efforts of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.  She is currently completing the edited volume Stewards of Memory: The Past, Present, and Future of Historic Preservation at Mount Vernon, which the University of Virginia Press will publish next year.