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Washington’s wartime ‘oval office’ getting remade

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A large canvas tent that served as George Washington’s home and command center during the Revolutionary War is being duplicated down to the finest stitch.

The tent, also called a marquee, is being reproduced this summer as part of a new partnership between the planned Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia and Colonial Williamsburg.

It will serve as an educational tool and goodwill ambassador for the new museum opening in Philadelphia’s historic district in 2016.

While the original 225-year-old artifact will be a centerpiece of the museum, its sturdier replica being made in Virginia will be on tour ahead of the museum opening.

It will be assembled this summer in Colonial Williamsburg. Then it will travel to Philadelphia and likely make stops at Williamsburg and Washington’s Mount Vernon estate.

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