George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon Mount Vernon is the historic home of America's first president, George Washington, just a short drive from Washington, DC in northern Virginia.
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Learn more at www.mountvernon.org Walk in the first president's footsteps at Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate on the banks of the scenic Potomac River. Wander the gardens, meet farm animals, and see George Washington's tomb. Mount Vernon is open 365 days per year.

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#OTD in 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution. This resolution established that the flag of t...
06/14/2021

#OTD in 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution. This resolution established that the flag of the thirteen United States would be "thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

#americanrevolution #flagday #oldglory #starsandstripes

#OTD in 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution. This resolution established that the flag of the thirteen United States would be "thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

#americanrevolution #flagday #oldglory #starsandstripes

Teen artists, find inspiration at Mount Vernon for poetry, song, art, and more. On June 26, join the First African Ameri...
06/12/2021
Art is Living History Youth Workshop

Teen artists, find inspiration at Mount Vernon for poetry, song, art, and more. On June 26, join the First African American Poet Laureate of Alexandria, Virginia, Kanjikki Jakarta for our virtual art workshop. Registrants receive free admission to Mount Vernon.

#kanikkij #Alxarts #MuseumWeek #ArtisEverywhereMW

Open to ages 14-18.

Hear from a panel reflecting on our Lives Bound Together exhibition, which closes on July 11. Learn about the process of...
06/12/2021
Lives Bound Together Reflection Panel

Hear from a panel reflecting on our Lives Bound Together exhibition, which closes on July 11.

Learn about the process of curating the material and information, and the continuing research and efforts to elevate the stories of the enslaved population at Mount Vernon and beyond.

Watch the livestream on June 15th at 7 p.m.

#GWMountVernon #museumed #museumdocumentation #MuseumWeek

Please join our knowledgeable panel as they reflect on Mount Vernon’s Lives Bound Together Exhibition. The conversation will include the process of curating ...

#OnThisDay in 1776, the Continental Congress appointed a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence. The committ...
06/11/2021
Declaration of Independence

#OnThisDay in 1776, the Continental Congress appointed a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence.

The committee consisted of five members: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston.

#americanrevolution #declarationofindependence

The Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776.

06/10/2021

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Lorri Glover to discuss her new book, Eliza Lucas Pinckney: An Independent Woman in the Age of Revolution.

On June 12-13, view Cherry Blossom-themed quilts made by members of the Four County Quilters Guild.See a reproduction of...
06/10/2021
Cherry Blossom Quilt Display

On June 12-13, view Cherry Blossom-themed quilts made by members of the Four County Quilters Guild.

See a reproduction of one of Martha Washington's quilt tops, created by a guild member and expert hand-quilter.

#marthawashington #loveva #virginiaisforlovers #virginiaisbeautiful

June 12-13 quilt display at the Ford Orientation Center.

06/09/2021

Please join our knowledgeable panel as they reflect on Mount Vernon’s Lives Bound Together Exhibition. The conversation will include the process of curating the material and information, as well as the continuing research and efforts to elevate the stories on the enslaved population at Mount Vernon and beyond. Featuring Mount Vernon’s Associate Curator and exhibition lead Jessie MacLeod, National Park Service Curator Kimberly Robinson, Descendant community representative from the Syphax Family Stephen Hammond, and moderated by Mount Vernon’s African American Interpretation Coordinator Brenda Parker.

Raise a glass to the Marquis de Lafayette, who swore an oath of allegiance to the United States in front of George Washi...
06/09/2021
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.

Don't miss the exhibit Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, closing on July 11, 2021. More...
06/08/2021
Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington's Mount Vernon

Don't miss the exhibit Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, closing on July 11, 2021.

More than 350 items are on view that provide insight into the daily lives and work of the enslaved community.

View seeds and animal bones, ceramic fragments and metal buttons unearthed from archaeological excavations around the estate, as well as fine tablewares and furniture from the Washington household.

#MuseumWeek #BehindtheScenesMW

Explore the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon.

This #MuseumWeek, find out what's going on #BehindtheScenesMW. Preservation carpenters made new exterior architraves (su...
06/08/2021
Preservation

This #MuseumWeek, find out what's going on #BehindtheScenesMW.

Preservation carpenters made new exterior architraves (surrounds) for the Washington Bedchamber windows. Brandon Beshears is using a beading plane made by Amy McAuley to create the “bead” detail.

In the 1850s, Ann Pamela Cunningham and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association began preserving the home of George Washington.

Visit the National Museum of the United States Army, reopening on June 14. Admission is free and timed entry tickets are...
06/06/2021
Visit - National Museum of the United States Army

Visit the National Museum of the United States Army, reopening on June 14.

Admission is free and timed entry tickets are required.

Did you know that George Washington was the General of the Armies of the United States? It is legislatively defined as the highest possible rank in the #USArmy.

The National Museum of the United States Army 1775 Liberty Drive, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 (GPS Not Reliable - See Driving Directions)

06/04/2021
18th-Century Cheese

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

Our Preservation team has been quite busy! Here are some shots of what Historic Preservation at Mount Vernon has been up...
06/03/2021

Our Preservation team has been quite busy! Here are some shots of what Historic Preservation at Mount Vernon has been up to:⁣

(1) The roof of the Wash House received a fresh coat of stain⁣

(2) With the paint-and-sand removal complete on the south end of the mansion, removal has begun on the north end of the mansion.⁣

(3) Repointing the mortar joints on the east end of the stable in preparation for the installation of a replica 18th-century staircase. Ben Bristow replaced the hard modern cement mortar of the 1930s, with a softer, lime-based mortar, which is more sympathetic to the stable’s handmade brick. ⁣

#mountvernon #18thcentury #historicpreservation #historicconservation #historicrestoration #historicbuildings #woodstaining #roofstaining #masonry

This #GlobalDayofParents we celebrate the Washingtons' blended family. Although George Washington had no biological chil...
06/01/2021
The Washingtons as Parents

This #GlobalDayofParents we celebrate the Washingtons' blended family.

Although George Washington had no biological children of his own, he spent the forty years of his married life in a home filled with children.

In the process of raising Nelly, Jack, and the other children who came into his life, Washington learned that being a father involved years of care, worry, advice, money, humor, and joy.

#thewashingtons #washingtonsfamily #presidentialfamilies

George Washington had no biological children of his own.

#OnThisDay in 1790, Thomas Paine forwarded the key to the Bastille to George Washington from the Marquis de Lafayette. W...
05/31/2021
Bastille Key

#OnThisDay in 1790, Thomas Paine forwarded the key to the Bastille to George Washington from the Marquis de Lafayette.

Washington prominently displayed the key as a "token of victory by Liberty over Despotism" in a custom-made, carved and gilded case in his Philadelphia executive residence and then in the Central Passage at Mount Vernon, where both objects remain to this day. ⁣

Read more about the key's journey to get to Washington below 🗝

In 1790, George Washington received the key to the Bastille prison from an appreciative Marquis de Lafayette. It remains at Mount Vernon to this day.

On #MemorialDay, we honor those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. 🇺🇸
05/31/2021

On #MemorialDay, we honor those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. 🇺🇸

On #MemorialDay, we honor those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. 🇺🇸

05/26/2021
Preservation Live

Join us as we speak with our Director of Preservation, Thomas Reinhart, about the work being done on the North and South Ends of the Mansion for #PreservationMonth

Join Martha Washington as she travels to Mount Vernon with City Cruises on May 28th. Chat and take photos with Martha as...
05/25/2021
Cruise to Mount Vernon with Martha Washington

Join Martha Washington as she travels to Mount Vernon with City Cruises on May 28th. Chat and take photos with Martha as you set sail for her home on the banks of the Potomac River. Cruises depart from the D.C. wharf and Alexandria.

#loveva #virginiaisforlovers #virginiaisbeautiful

Arrive at Mount Vernon by boat, with a cruise provided by City Cruises by Hornblower.

Happy #BrothersDay. George Washington had 9 siblings but his older half-brother, Lawrence Washington, was arguably the m...
05/24/2021
Lawrence Washington

Happy #BrothersDay. George Washington had 9 siblings but his older half-brother, Lawrence Washington, was arguably the most influential in his life.

Fourteen years his senior, Lawrence provided a paternal figure to George after their father died when George was only 11.

Washington owes much to his older brother. It was through his brother’s steadily growing influence and powerful connections that George Washington was able to get a foothold in a world that otherwise would have been completely unattainable to him.

It was also through Lawrence that George was able to inherit Mount Vernon, the home he loved dearly.

#VirginiaHistory #HappyBrothersDay #LawrenceWashington

Lawrence Washington was the elder half-brother of George Washington.

#OnThisDay in 1802, after an illness of several weeks in the spring, Martha Washington died  at Mount Vernon surrounded ...
05/22/2021

#OnThisDay in 1802, after an illness of several weeks in the spring, Martha Washington died at Mount Vernon surrounded by her grandchildren & great-grandchildren, just 2.5 years after the death of her husband.

She was eulogized in newspapers across the country as "the worthy partner of the worthiest of men."

In all the trials and wide-ranging experiences of her long life, Martha Washington brought a personal philosophy which helped her to endure. As she once related to a friend:

“I am…determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation I may be, for I have…learnt from [experience] that the greater part of our happiness or misary [sic] depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances; we carry the seeds of the one, or the other about with us, in our minds, wherever we go.”

Learn more about Martha Washington here: https://bit.ly/3fvzkEi

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Martha Washington by Unidentified Artist, copy after Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

#OnThisDay in 1802, after an illness of several weeks in the spring, Martha Washington died at Mount Vernon surrounded by her grandchildren & great-grandchildren, just 2.5 years after the death of her husband.

She was eulogized in newspapers across the country as "the worthy partner of the worthiest of men."

In all the trials and wide-ranging experiences of her long life, Martha Washington brought a personal philosophy which helped her to endure. As she once related to a friend:

“I am…determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation I may be, for I have…learnt from [experience] that the greater part of our happiness or misary [sic] depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances; we carry the seeds of the one, or the other about with us, in our minds, wherever we go.”

Learn more about Martha Washington here: https://bit.ly/3fvzkEi

(Image Credits)
Martha Washington by Unidentified Artist, copy after Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

05/21/2021
Sneak Peek Members Only Rebroadcast with Nathaniel Philbrick

Join us for a sneak peek of an exclusive benefit for Members of Mount Vernon: livestreams featuring interesting guests and behind the scenes access with Mount Vernon staff. From June 2020, Mount Vernon President Doug Bradburn talks with National Book Award and George Washington Prize winner Nathaniel Philbrick as he discusses his best selling American Revolution series. Don't miss future talks! Become a member today www.mountvernon.org/become-a-member

Don’t miss the return of our Craft Beer Festival this June! Taste beers from across the region as you listen to live mus...
05/21/2021
Craft Beer Festival

Don’t miss the return of our Craft Beer Festival this June! Taste beers from across the region as you listen to live music and explore the estate after-hours 🍻

Your ticket includes a commemorative tasting cup and 8 tasting tickets.

#OnThisDay in 1772, Artist Charles Willson Peale began this first portrait of George Washington, commissioned by Martha ...
05/20/2021

#OnThisDay in 1772, Artist Charles Willson Peale began this first portrait of George Washington, commissioned by Martha Washington, in the uniform of a colonel in the Virginia Militia.

George Washington wrote about it to Rev. Jonathan Boucher on May 21, 1772, "Inclination having yielded to opportunity, I am not, contrary to all expectation, under the hands of Mr. Peale; but in so grave - so sullen a mood - and now and then under the influence of Morpheus, when some critical strokes are making, that I fancy the skill of this Gentleman's Pencil, will be hard put to it, in describing to the World the manner of man I am."

(George Washington as Colonel in the Virginia Regiment, Charles Willson Peale, 1772. Washington-Custis-Lee Collection, Washington and Lee University, Lexington VA)

#OnThisDay in 1772, Artist Charles Willson Peale began this first portrait of George Washington, commissioned by Martha Washington, in the uniform of a colonel in the Virginia Militia.

George Washington wrote about it to Rev. Jonathan Boucher on May 21, 1772, "Inclination having yielded to opportunity, I am not, contrary to all expectation, under the hands of Mr. Peale; but in so grave - so sullen a mood - and now and then under the influence of Morpheus, when some critical strokes are making, that I fancy the skill of this Gentleman's Pencil, will be hard put to it, in describing to the World the manner of man I am."

(George Washington as Colonel in the Virginia Regiment, Charles Willson Peale, 1772. Washington-Custis-Lee Collection, Washington and Lee University, Lexington VA)

Cross Mount Vernon off your bucket list this summer. We’re open daily. #LetsGoThere
05/19/2021

Cross Mount Vernon off your bucket list this summer. We’re open daily. #LetsGoThere

Cross Mount Vernon off your bucket list this summer. We’re open daily. #LetsGoThere

Earlier this week, we teamed up with the US Postal Service to celebrate their new Heritage Breed Stamps. As you can see,...
05/19/2021

Earlier this week, we teamed up with the US Postal Service to celebrate their new Heritage Breed Stamps. As you can see, the animals certainly weren't camera shy 🤩 #HeritageBreedStamps The Livestock Conservancy

We streamed the event live. Here's a link in case you missed it: https://bit.ly/3hzCZU2

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! Did you know that Mount Vernon has approximately 9,500 objects in its permanent museum co...
05/18/2021
Mount Vernon Collections

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! Did you know that Mount Vernon has approximately 9,500 objects in its permanent museum collection, and you can view them online?

Explore our museum collection online today to celebrate #PreservationMonth, and tell us some of your favorite Mount Vernon museum objects!

Mount Vernon’s collections teach us about George Washington and bring his home and plantation to life.

05/17/2021
Ford Evening Book Talk: Patrick O'Donnell

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Patrick O'Donnell to launch his new book, The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Marines Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware.

05/17/2021
Heritage Breed Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service pays homage to the priceless genetic diversity of heritage breeds with 10 different Forever stamps showcasing these unusual and culturally valuable animals. With unique traits, versatility and adaptability, heritage livestock breeds return us to our agricultural roots.

We will be live streaming the event but you can register to attend in person at usps.com/heritagebreeds

#HeritageBreedsStamps

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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.

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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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Do not forget Yo Yo Ma and Brian Stokes Mitchell...
I'll tune in...love to hear Joshua Bell.
I still have this from a trip to Mount Vernon. Must of been around 1975ish...
Has the income generated here been given to the descendants of those who made this place profitable?
Sir Steve M. Ferrer have his British crown with the Bank of the Philippine Islands Mastercard ATM to claim that the Christmas gift of the former first US President George Washington is already wrapped with the mandate of the Executive Order no. 176 in Truth commission.
Take a long look at the person you see I am George Washington tell everyone at the estate that I will be contacting everyone I need to and I will be visiting the estate very soon
Just wanted to say that Don Francisco at the tomb yesterday was the friendliest fellow ever.
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Are your weekdays generally crowded on the grounds? We have been taking every precaution during COVID and have gone next to no where...but we have a 10-month old and would love to walk the grounds with him. We are most concerned with our ability to safely socially distance depending on crowds. Thank you!
Thanks Mount Vernon!!! Love the Trego canvas...
I just received a communication from The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association regarding happenings at Mount Vernon. It reminded me that a couple of years ago I got a communication announcing their selection of a new President of Mount Vernon, Doug Bradburn. At that time, I sent the association an email asking how it was possible that a Ladies' organization was not able to find a competent, qualified female to hold the President position. I received no answer. I looked just now and all past Presidents of Mount Vernon selected by the Ladies' association have been white male. All the board members pictured are white female. Diverse much?