MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) -- After buying it at auction for nearly $10 million, George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is displaying the Founding Father's annotated copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association paid $9.8 million this summer to obtain the book, which has "President of the United States" on the cover. It also has handwritten notes and brackets by Washington around key passages outlining the president's responsibilities. The auction price broke records for an American historical document.
Also going on display at the estate's museum is Washington's first draft of the Constitution, on loan from the National Archives.
The items will be on display starting Monday at noon and through Washington's birthday in February.
Virginia isn't the only place honoring the country's Constitution. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is putting six original drafts and copies of the Constitution of the United States on display in honor of the document's 225th anniversary.
The historical society will put the copies and drafts on display for five hours on Tuesday. The Constitution was officially adopted on Sept. 17, 1787, replacing the Articles of Confederation.
Among the items on display is one of 11 original printings remaining.
Historical society President Kim Sajet said the drafts and copies are only displayed on special occasions. They're usually locked in a vault at the society's building.
A number of Philadelphia's other historical sites are hosting events for the anniversary, including the National Constitution Center.Online