George Washington's Mount Vernon

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The riverside estate of George Washington includes the Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, with 25 galleries and theaters, more than 700 artifacts, and interactive displays that introduce visitors to the real George Washington. The most famous dentures in the world are on display, along with three life-size models of Washington created from a forensic investigation. The historic area features the restored Mansion, original outbuildings, the tomb where the Washingtons are buried, beautiful gardens, and heritage breed animals who work at a four-acre farm site near the river.

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Happy #NationalHandshakeDay! We're celebrating by shaking hands with another George Washington-related house museum in t...
06/27/2019

Happy #NationalHandshakeDay! We're celebrating by shaking hands with another George Washington-related house museum in the area, Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial. Arlington House was built by George Washington's step-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, as the nation's first memorial to George Washington.

Later, Custis' daughter, Mary Anna Randolph Custis, married a young Robert E. Lee in the house in 1831. During the Civil War, the Union Army seized the house and turned the property into a military cemetery, which eventually became Arlington National Cemetery. Have you ever visited Arlington House or the National Cemetery? #HandshakeHHMC

06/26/2019
Historic Preservation at Mount Vernon

Exciting news from our friends at Historic Preservation at Mount Vernon: All the paint has officially been removed from the west front of the Mansion! Check out this time lapse of the 10 week process, and learn more about the restoration project at mountvernon.org/westfront

Big update on the West Front Restoration: we are officially finished with paint removal! In addition to this massive undertaking, our architecture team has completed the restoration of the first group of windows and completed the documentation of the siding which showed that roughly 90% of the original siding has survived

While carpentry repairs on the West Front are ongoing, the paint crew will touch up the kitchen and servants’ hall circle facades, apply the second round of roof stain on the kitchen, south necessary, south garden house and spring house.

Check out this time lapse of the last 10 weeks of work!

Tomorrow we're going LIVE from George Washington's Distillery to talk whiskey with "John Anderson," Washington's distill...
06/25/2019

Tomorrow we're going LIVE from George Washington's Distillery to talk whiskey with "John Anderson," Washington's distillery manager! Ask your whiskey questions below, and join us Wednesday, June 26 at 11:00 am ET!

06/25/2019

Have you ever seen fireworks at Mount Vernon? If you haven't yet and you're in the area this weekend, tickets are still available for Independence Fireworks this Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29! Get yours tickets today & join us: http://bit.ly/2FuPa0B 💥 #fireworksatmv

Happy ✨50th✨ Anniversary to the man, the myth, the legend, Dean Norton, who celebrated his 50th year at Mount Vernon...
06/24/2019

Happy ✨50th✨ Anniversary to the man, the myth, the legend, Dean Norton, who celebrated his 50th year at Mount Vernon yesterday! 🎉

Huzzah and thank you Dean for 50 years of humor, kindness, and dedicated service to Mount Vernon, from grounds crew to Director of Horticulture! 🥂

#OnThisDay in 1784, Washington becomes an honorary member of the Masonic Lodge No. 39 in Alexandria, Virginia. Learn mor...
06/24/2019
Freemasonry

#OnThisDay in 1784, Washington becomes an honorary member of the Masonic Lodge No. 39 in Alexandria, Virginia. Learn more about freemasonry in our new article, and take a deeper dive by touring the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria!

Washington joined the Masons in 1752 at the age of 20 and was a lifelong member.

#OnThisDay in 1775, George Washington pens 1 of 3 surviving letters to Martha before leaving Philadelphia for Boston, an...
06/23/2019
A Love Letter from General Washington

#OnThisDay in 1775, George Washington pens 1 of 3 surviving letters to Martha before leaving Philadelphia for Boston, and writes this romantic line.

One of only three surviving letters between George Washington and his wife Martha. The letter is a brief but achingly beautiful missive penned during the Revolutionary War.

#OnThisDay in 1775, Washington leaves Philadelphia & heads to Massachusetts to take command of the Continental Army.
06/23/2019
The Continental Army

#OnThisDay in 1775, Washington leaves Philadelphia & heads to Massachusetts to take command of the Continental Army.

The army was ragtag, barely trained, half-starving and woefully unequipped.

Can you guess what historic homes made Architectural Digest's list? 😁
06/22/2019
12 of America's Best Historic Homes to Visit

Can you guess what historic homes made Architectural Digest's list? 😁

From Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Virginia to artist Frederic Edwin Church's home in the Hudson River Valley, these structures are as beautiful as they are significant in U.S. history

06/22/2019
Independence Fireworks

Next weekend, join us for Independence Fireworks at Mount Vernon! 💥 Tickets are still available for Friday, June 28 & Saturday, June 29, but are going fast! Get yours today & start your Independence Day celebration with a bang: www.mountvernon.org/fireworks #fireworksatmv

06/21/2019
Water Music on the Harpsichord

“Nothing is more agreeable, and ornamental, than good music; every officer, for the credit of his corps, should take care to provide it.” -- George Washington, June 4, 1777

Listen to research fellow Dr. Joyce Lindorff play the replica harpsichord today on #WorldMusicDay, and learn more about our music events happening at Mount Vernon this year for our Year of Music: www.mountvernon.org/yearofmusic #mvyearofmusic

Happy #FirstDayofSummer! 🌞 Check out our new family activities page for some unique ways to enjoy Mount Vernon during...
06/21/2019
Activities for Families at Mount Vernon

Happy #FirstDayofSummer! 🌞 Check out our new family activities page for some unique ways to enjoy Mount Vernon during your summer vacation, from our Hands on History Center to visiting the animals on the estate! What are some of your favorite thing to do with your family at Mount Vernon?

There are many great experiences for families and groups regardless of age at George Washington's home!

Some dramatic storm clouds (and storms) rolled over Mount Vernon earlier this week ⛈ Has it ever stormed during your v...
06/20/2019

Some dramatic storm clouds (and storms) rolled over Mount Vernon earlier this week ⛈ Has it ever stormed during your visit to #GWMountVernon?

DYK? After their manumission in 1801, many former Mount Vernon slaves settled in free black communities nearby. Learn mo...
06/19/2019
From Slavery to Freedom

DYK? After their manumission in 1801, many former Mount Vernon slaves settled in free black communities nearby. Learn more about their stories today on #Juneteenth.

After their manumission in 1801, many former Mount Vernon slaves settled in free black communities nearby.

#OnThisDay in 1773, Martha Washington’s 17-year-old daughter Martha “Patsy” Parke Custis dies at Mount Vernon duri...
06/19/2019
Martha Parke Custis

#OnThisDay in 1773, Martha Washington’s 17-year-old daughter Martha “Patsy” Parke Custis dies at Mount Vernon during an epileptic seizure.

Martha Parke Custis was Martha Washington and Daniel Parke Custis's youngest child.

Start your Independence Day celebration with a bang 🎆 Enjoy an evening of family fun and fireworks choreographed to p...
06/18/2019

Start your Independence Day celebration with a bang 🎆 Enjoy an evening of family fun and fireworks choreographed to patriotic music and celebrate our nation's founding!

Learn more & get tickets: http://bit.ly/2wsSnc1 #fireworksatmv

#OnThisDay in 1775, following his appointment by the Continental Congress as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army,...
06/18/2019
George Washington to Martha Washington, June 18, 1775

#OnThisDay in 1775, following his appointment by the Continental Congress as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, Washington pens one of his 3 surviving letters to Martha:

"My Dearest
I am now set down to write you on a subject which fills me with inexpressible concern - and this concern is greatly aggravated and Increased, when I reflect upon the uneasiness I know it will give you... " Read more:

Discovered tucked away in a desk drawer by one of Martha Washington’s granddaughters, this letter is one of two surviving letters written by George Washington to his wife just after he had accepted the Generalship of the Continental Army in June of 1775.    

#OnThisDay in 1775, the British defeat the Americans in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Washington was en route to Massachuse...
06/17/2019

#OnThisDay in 1775, the British defeat the Americans in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Washington was en route to Massachusetts at the time of the battle, and took command of the army on July 3.

This interesting composition in our museum collection depicts the Battle of Bunker Hill with George Washington swinging a musket over his head, in the midst of close fighting between American rebels and British regulars, despite the fact that Washington did not take part in this battle.

#OnThisDay in 1775, Washington accepts command of the Continental Army.
06/16/2019
The Continental Army

#OnThisDay in 1775, Washington accepts command of the Continental Army.

The army was ragtag, barely trained, half-starving and woefully unequipped.

Happy #FathersDay from Mount Vernon to all of the fathers out there, past & present.
06/16/2019

Happy #FathersDay from Mount Vernon to all of the fathers out there, past & present.

Wonderful article from the Washington Post about a day in the life of our amazing livestock manager, Lisa Pregent! 🐴
06/15/2019
Mount Vernon’s livestock manager lives to horse around

Wonderful article from the Washington Post about a day in the life of our amazing livestock manager, Lisa Pregent! 🐴

Lisa Pregent explains how you can get into a career field that requires a love for animals and the outdoors.

#OnThisDay in 1775, Washington is unanimously elected as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.
06/15/2019
Appointment as Commander in Chief

#OnThisDay in 1775, Washington is unanimously elected as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.

Washington's unanimous choice signified the beginning of a process to create a national military force.

Happy #FlagDay! #OnThisDay in 1777, Congress passed legislation on the appearance of the United States flag, ordering th...
06/14/2019

Happy #FlagDay! #OnThisDay in 1777, Congress passed legislation on the appearance of the United States flag, ordering that it have 13 stars and 13 alternating red & white stripes. 🇺🇸️

Join us for #FathersDay weekend at Mount Vernon this Saturday & Sunday!
06/13/2019
Father's Day Weekend at Mount Vernon

Join us for #FathersDay weekend at Mount Vernon this Saturday & Sunday!

Spend Father’s Day with the Father of the Country and hear George Washington share his thoughts on fatherhood.

06/12/2019
USS George Washington (CVN 73)

It was an honor to present the crew of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) with a replica key to the Bastille. The Marquis de Lafayette gifted Washington the original key in 1790 as "a tribute, which I owe, as a son to my adoptive father, as an Aide-de-Camp to my General, as a Missionary of liberty to its Patriarch."

This week, a replica of the Key to Bastille and the Commander in Chief Standard were presented to the crew of GW by members of George Washington's Mount Vernon Ladies' Association on the flight deck. The original Bastille Prison Key was given to George Washington by his close friend, the Marquis de Lafayette, in 1790. #SpiritofFreedom #MountVernon

Last night, Mount Vernon historian Mary Thompson spoke at Mount Vernon about her new book, "The Only Unavoidable Subject...
06/12/2019
"The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret"

Last night, Mount Vernon historian Mary Thompson spoke at Mount Vernon about her new book, "The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret": George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon. If you couldn't join us, check out our recent Q&A with Thompson on the incredible book she has worked on for 30 years.

George Washington’s life has been scrutinized by historians over the past three centuries, but the day-to-day lives of Mount Vernon’s enslaved workers have been largely left out of the story.

#OnThisDay in 1776, the Continental Congress appointed a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. Can you rem...
06/11/2019
Declaration of Independence

#OnThisDay in 1776, the Continental Congress appointed a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. Can you remember the names of the five men on the committee?

This weekend, #BeWashington was awarded a Merit Award in the Digital Experience design category at the 2019 SEGD Awards!...
06/10/2019
Mount Vernon’s Be Washington Experience Wins Global Design Award

This weekend, #BeWashington was awarded a Merit Award in the Digital Experience design category at the 2019 SEGD Awards! Huzzah and congratulations to our partners Cortina Productions, Inc. and Gallagher & Associates, LLC Solomon Group 🎉 Have you had the chance to play 'Be Washington' yet? #segdconf

06/10/2019
Re-Creating George Washington's Chairs

Have you visited the newly restored Front Parlor in the Mansion? You may have noticed the beautiful blue chairs handmade by Leroy Graves, an upholstery conservator at Colonial Williamsburg.

Discover all the hard work and skill it took to recreate the chairs that now sit in George Washington's Front Parlor, and come see them in person at Mount Vernon this summer: mountvernon.org/frontparlor #MuseumMonday

Raise a glass to the Marquis de Lafayette, who swore an oath of allegiance to the United States in front of George Washi...
06/09/2019
Marquis de Lafayette

Raise a glass to the Marquis de Lafayette, who swore an oath of allegiance to the United States in front of George Washington #OnThisDay in 1778!

Get to know the Marqis de Lafayette.

In one week on Saturday, June 15, join us for our first ever Spring Garden Party at Mount Vernon! 🌺 Enjoy a relaxing ...
06/08/2019
Spring Garden Party

In one week on Saturday, June 15, join us for our first ever Spring Garden Party at Mount Vernon! 🌺

Enjoy a relaxing evening in Mount Vernon's upper garden with hors d’oeuvres curated by Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli (chef & owner Masseria & Officina in DC) wine pairings from AldenAlli, and readings from Cato, George Washington's favorite play.

Mingle with General Washington, Stefanelli and Dan Kosta, co-founder of AldenAlli, throughout the evening as colonial music plays and the sun sets over Mount Vernon.

Enjoy the longer days and Mount Vernon’s blooming gardens during this evening reception.

Exciting Archaeology update from Historic Preservation at Mount Vernon! The excavation in South Grove has revealed fasci...
06/07/2019

Exciting Archaeology update from Historic Preservation at Mount Vernon! The excavation in South Grove has revealed fascinating evidence of George Washington's water management efforts.

An intact 1775 vaulted brick drain which would have carried wastewater away from the kitchen crosses over a smaller drain that may have served the earlier kitchen that Washington had razed to make way for the structure we see today. The discharge from these drains (as well as a third drain emanating from the paint cellar) would have emptied into a shallow channel in the southern portion of the South Grove.

In conjunction with our previous discoveries and an impressive assemblage of artifacts, the excavation of these drains is significantly enhancing our understanding of how this location changed over time!

Looking for a unique gift for dad? Check out these #FathersDay gifts inspired by the Father of our Country!
06/06/2019
Gift Guide for Father's Day

Looking for a unique gift for dad? Check out these #FathersDay gifts inspired by the Father of our Country!

It's #GlobalRunningDay! Celebrate by signing up for our #GWPatriotRun on September 8, and save $15 off your registration...
06/05/2019
George Washington Patriot Run

It's #GlobalRunningDay! Celebrate by signing up for our #GWPatriotRun on September 8, and save $15 off your registration fee for signing up early 🏃‍♀️

Race through history during the area's most unique 10K/5K! Register Discounted Admission

In 1 week on Tuesday, 6/11, join Mount Vernon historian Mary Thompson for a talk on her new book, "The Only Unavoidable ...
06/04/2019
The 2019 Michelle Smith Lecture Series

In 1 week on Tuesday, 6/11, join Mount Vernon historian Mary Thompson for a talk on her new book, "The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret": George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon.

06/04/2019
18th-Century Cheese

Happy #NationalCheeseDay! Have you ever made your own homemade cheese? #HowTo18thCentury

Breaking #MuseumMonday News: You can now listen to & play our new replica harpsichord online! We just launched a new int...
06/03/2019

Breaking #MuseumMonday News: You can now listen to & play our new replica harpsichord online! We just launched a new interactive that illustrates the various sounds the stops can produce on Nelly’s harpsichord replica.

Play it here: http://bit.ly/2QHa5SA, and come see it in person in the New Room of the Mansion this summer! 🎶 #mvyearofmusic

Martha Washington is often depicted as a grandmotherly figure in a mob cap, yet her contemporaries knew her as a woman o...
06/02/2019
Martha Washington

Martha Washington is often depicted as a grandmotherly figure in a mob cap, yet her contemporaries knew her as a woman of strength, determination, intellectual curiosity, and high fashion.

Martha Washington was the first first lady of the United States and spent about half of the Revolutionary War at the front with General Washington.

Happy Birthday to Martha Washington, born #OnThisDay in 1731 at her family home in New Kent County, Virginia!  Celebrate...
06/02/2019
Martha Washington

Happy Birthday to Martha Washington, born #OnThisDay in 1731 at her family home in New Kent County, Virginia! Celebrate by sharing some of your favorite Martha facts or stories below 🎉

Martha Washington was the first first lady of the United States and spent about half of the Revolutionary War at the front with General Washington. She helped manage and run her husbands' estates and raised her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

It was an exciting day today at Mount Vernon! We celebrated Martha Washington's birthday with two moving naturalization ...
06/01/2019

It was an exciting day today at Mount Vernon! We celebrated Martha Washington's birthday with two moving naturalization ceremonies and a special pup tour 🇺🇸 Join us tomorrow to wish Martha a happy birthday 🎉

Address

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA
22121

Travel By Metro/Bus Take the Washington, D.C., Metro rail's Yellow Line train to Huntington Station in Virginia. Exit at the lower level (Huntington Avenue) of the station to catch a Fairfax Connector bus to Mount Vernon. Board the Fairfax Connector Bus #101 (Fort Hunt Line) at Huntington Station for a 20-minute trip to Mount Vernon. Call Metro at (202) 637-7000 for more information on the trains. Call Fairfax Connector at (703) 339-7200 for more information on buses. Gray Line Bus Tours from Washington, D.C depart daily from Gray Line Terminal at Union Station in Washington, D.C., at 8:00 a.m. Visit Gray Line or call (202) 289-1995 for more information. Tourmobile Sightseeing Tours from Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia depart daily from the Tourmobile Station at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, at 11:00 a.m., June 15 - Labor Day. Visit Tourmobile or call (202) 554-5100 for more information. Include a cruise down the Potomac River in your visit to Mount Vernon! Spirit Cruises (www.cruisemountvernon.com) offers seasonal boat transportation from Washington, D.C., and the Potomac Riverboat Company (www.potomacriverboatco.com) cruises to Mount Vernon from Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor. You can also visit Mount Vernon by bike and return by boat. Start your day in Old Town at Bike and Roll Alexandria where you will be fitted for a bike and provided with a lock, helmet, and trail map to navigate your way along the Mount Vernon Trail to Historic Mount Vernon. Lock your bikes and spend the day leisurely exploring the estate. In the afternoon, board the Miss Christin for a narrated boat cruise back to Old Town. Price includes bike rental/bike pick-up at Mount Vernon, admission to Mount Vernon and the return boat ticket. Tickets may be purchased from Bike and Roll. Reservations are required at least 24 hours prior to departure. Please call 703.548.7655 to reserve or visit www.bikethesites.com.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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