George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon

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Standing on the banks of the Potomac River, George Washington's Mount Vernon was home to America's first president. This plantation house sits on land owned by the Washington family since the 17th century, and shows examples of Palladian-style architecture. The site includes a number of main buildings, including the mansion itself and surrounding annexes. You can visit rooms restored to replicate those used by George and Martha Washington. Don’t miss the Washingtons' tombs or the on-site museum dedicated to sharing their story. Plan to visit George Washington's Mount Vernon during your Mount Vernon vacation using our convenient Mount Vernon visit planner.
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  • So much to see. The house and lifestyle are so different than we have today, and it's impressive to see all the different specialties that went into making the household run. It made me wonder about.....  more
    So much to see. The house and lifestyle are so different than we have today, and it's impressive to see all the different specialties that went into making the household run. It made me wonder about.....  more »
  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Robert E. Lee's Arlington House are the two most impressive residences I have visited. But George Washington's Mount Vernon isn't chopped liver. Located south of... 
    Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Robert E. Lee's Arlington House are the two most impressive residences I have visited. But George Washington's Mount Vernon isn't chopped liver. Located south of...  more »
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  • Amazing! The second floor of the mansion is closed due to staffing shortages, but most things were open. Lots of natural beauty plus numerous outbuildings that served various purposes. The education center is like a whole museum in and of itself. I spent three hours at Mount Vernon with my 7 year old and we managed to see everything, though you could easily stay longer if you wanted to take a more leisurely stroll. He bounced from sight to sight, really only pausing at the blacksmith and loom to ask questions of the people working there. He's already asked me twice when we can go back! I've previously been in the spring when baby animals can be seen on the farm. For the historical side, there is of course great admiration for Washington himself. The education center goes into great detail about his life and the 4D movie about his role in the revolution was well produced. There has also been a clear effort to acknowledge the presence of slaves at his estate. There is a slave memorial not far from Washington's tomb and the staff mention not just that slaves did this work or that work but they know the names and jobs of many of the slaves. This information is integrated into the mansion tour and other aspects of the experience rather than put off in one section as an after thought. In sum, would recommend, especially in the spring/summer time frame.
  • Absolutely GORGEOUS location. There's a whole lot to see here, and the history is very fascinating as well. Seeing as I'm not a big history fan, that's saying a whole lot. I came here with a school group and we only had a few hours to tour. I would say if you want to see everything, you'll probably need more like 3+ hours. The grounds are expansive, there's a great museum area to go through in the visor center, and a large shop as well as a place to get quick food. I believe there is a sit down restaurant on site too. Even if you don't love history, it's well worth a stop to tour. Especially loved the piper/drummer who was walking around and engaging the crowd. We had a student drummer with us, and he had the student play a simple beat on the drum while he played the pipe. Very entertaining, got the kids interested, and all the tour guides were eager to answer questions. Going to go back at some point with the rest of my family so we can see everything.

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