Mount Vernon, George Washington's beautiful, riverside estate has been restored to look just as it did in 1799, the year of Washington's death.
Visitors to the site can tour the mansion and outbuildings, gardens, slave memorial, a pioneer farm, museum, and the tombs of George and Martha Washington. Washington's historic distillery and gristmill are nearby and included with admission. You'll meet characters from Washington's world and see heritage breed animals that were here during his time.
Washington's great grandfather purchased land in the Mount Vernon area in 1674. Their holdings expanded over the years to encompass 8,000 acres and five farms by the time of Washington's death in 1799. After Washington's death, much of the property was sold off, reducing the estate to 500-acres.
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the nation's first historic preservation organization, purchased the decaying property in 1860. A full restoration of the mansion, complete with period furnishings, was their first task. They organization continues to maintain and operate the estate to this day.
Visiting The Estate
Visiting the gardens and grounds of George Washington's home will reveal the life and times of George Washington in great detail. You'll learn about his boyhood, his wartime service, his life as a farmer, a distiller, slaveholder, and as the very first President of the United States.
Explore the estate's 21 room mansion, slave quarters, kitchen, stables, and 16-sided treading barn. Stroll through four restored gardens that were designed by Washington, himself. Speak with costumed interpreters and hear stories about the estate and America’s first President.
At the museum, you'll view fascinating, interactive exhibits and over 700 historical artifacts. Come face to face with Washington's history through immersive experiences in the Be Washington Interactive Theater.
Visit the nearby and still functioning Washington Distillery and Gristmill to learn about Washington's whiskey business. You can even enjoy a full meal onsite. The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant offers a diverse array of dining options, including local and ethnic dishes.
The estate hosts a variety of special events throughout the year: festivals, commemorations, anniversaries, and other activities. There's just so much to do and see here!
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
You can get to the estate via the normal routes of private car, bicycle, or public transportation. One of the most special ways to visit, however, is by boat down the Potomac River! Seasonal departures are available from Washington D.C., Alexandria, and the National Harbor.
Learn more at the Mount Vernon website.
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