In 1795 several Boston men raise $18,450 to purchase a small hillside cow pasture from a local artist. They pattern streets, design fine townhomes and create elegant urban living. They call their development Beacon Hill. 

More than two centuries have elapsed since the original Mount Vernon Proprietors – as Charles Bulfinch, Harrison Gray Otis and Jonathan Mason called themselves – struck that deal with John Singleton Copley. Since 2002, a modern Mount Vernon Proprietors, Inc., tracing its ideals back to those 18th Century visionaries, continues the tradition of developing and managing fine spaces for living and working.