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Esther White is the Director of Historic Preservation and Research at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, where she has served on staff for more than two decades leading investigations of the plantation landscape, economy and daily life. With a background in historical archaeology, her research interests include public interpretation of history and archaeology at historical sites, curation issues and material culture studies. She is the author of numerous articles on eighteenth-century topics, including whiskey distilling, Mount Vernon’s gardens, and slave life and she loves working with students. She holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, M.A. from the College of William and Mary, and Ph.D. from the University of Leicester.