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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06/18/2020
NEW Tips for Your Visit

To better prepare you for your visit to Mount Vernon after we reopen on Sunday, June 21, we have created this video that outlines some of our new procedures to keep both you and our staff safe during your visit. Learn more at mountvernon.org/open

Tomorrow (June 18) is the last chance to order our Dads and Grads Meals-to-Go! Celebrate Father's Day or graduation with...
06/17/2020
Dads & Grads Meals To Go

Tomorrow (June 18) is the last chance to order our Dads and Grads Meals-to-Go! Celebrate Father's Day or graduation with a dinner from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, and pick up your order curbside on Saturday, June 20 to be enjoyed at home.

Check out the menu and place your order today.

06/17/2020

Join Dr. Jamie Goodall LIVE as she discusses her new book, Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars with Washington Library's Jim Ambuske.

Mount Vernon is opening to MEMBERS ONLY on Saturday, June 20 before we open to the public on Sunday, June 21! To enjoy t...
06/17/2020
Become a Mount Vernon Member

Mount Vernon is opening to MEMBERS ONLY on Saturday, June 20 before we open to the public on Sunday, June 21! To enjoy this advanced access & other member benefits, consider supporting Mount Vernon with a membership today.

Your membership helps us to restore and maintain Mount Vernon.

06/16/2020
Ford Evening Book Talk

Historian Lindsay Chervinksy will discuss her new book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution with Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Washington Library during this Ford Evening Book Talk.

We're excited to announce that George Washington's estate will open to the general public on Sunday, June 21, and to mem...
06/16/2020

We're excited to announce that George Washington's estate will open to the general public on Sunday, June 21, and to members on Saturday, June 20!

Mount Vernon will reopen with a primarily outdoor experience. The Mansion interior will remain closed but guests are encouraged to take advantage of our 160-acre estate.

Find out what's open on the estate, learn about our updated safety protocol, learn more about becoming a Mount Vernon member, and to purchase your tickets, visit mountvernon.org/open, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

We're excited to announce that George Washington's estate will open to the general public on Sunday, June 21 and to memb...
06/16/2020

We're excited to announce that George Washington's estate will open to the general public on Sunday, June 21 and to members on Saturday, June 20!

Mount Vernon will reopen with a primarily outdoor experience. The Mansion interior will remain closed but guests are encouraged to take advantage of our 160-acre estate.

Updates to our safety protocol:
• To maintain social distancing, the number of guests on the estate will be limited. Because of this, we strongly encourage you to buy in advance online for guaranteed entry.
• Guests will be required to wear face coverings upon arrival at the estate, when indoors, and in spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.
• All bags brought onto the estate to be clear plastic bags. This will allow our team to safely conduct bag checks during this period.

For more safety information, to see what's open on the estate, and to purchase your tickets, visit mountvernon.org/open, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

06/15/2020

Join Brenda Parker, Mount Vernon Character Interpreter & African American Interpretation & Special Projects Coordinator, along with Associate Curator Jessie MacLeod, for a special program on Juneteenth that explores the experiences of four individuals at Mount Vernon on Manumission Day—January 1, 1801—when Martha Washington freed her late husband’s slaves.

#OnThisDay in 1775, Washington is unanimously elected as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.
06/15/2020
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.

Calling all visionaries! We need your hopes and dreams for the future of the United States as we seek to form a more per...
06/15/2020

Calling all visionaries! We need your hopes and dreams for the future of the United States as we seek to form a more perfect union. Contribute yours: MyWishForUS.com #MyWishForUS

Happy #FlagDay! #OnThisDay in 1777, Congress passed legislation on the appearance of the United States flag, ordering th...
06/14/2020

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. 🇺🇸

✨ NEW for 2020: Guided Virtual Tours of Mount Vernon for Teachers & Tour Groups!This summer, our Education Department at...
06/13/2020
Summer 2020 Virtual Field Trip

✨ NEW for 2020: Guided Virtual Tours of Mount Vernon for Teachers & Tour Groups!

This summer, our Education Department at Mount Vernon for Teachers is offering a no-charge, guided exploration of Mount Vernon to better understand George Washington, his life at the estate, and his impact on the world in the 18th century.

Programs are open to all K12 teachers and tour groups and are 60 minutes in length. Each guided exploration will showcase aspects of Mount Vernon and how they can be used to better understand George Washington, his life at the estate, and his impact on the world in the 18th century.

Each narrated, interactive exploration will use our virtual tour as a backdrop to discuss important events and themes in the lives of George Washington, his family, and the enslaved population that lived on the estate.

Click to sign up today!

06/12/2020
LIVE in the Archaeology Lab

Join us LIVE in our Archaeology Lab for a look at artifacts found on the estate with Mount Vernon's Curator of Archaeological Collections Sean Devlin on Friday, June 12 at noon ET!

Breaking news: You can now order George Washington's whiskey online & have it shipped to your home in Virginia! 🥃
06/11/2020
Distilled Spirits at Mount Vernon

Breaking news: You can now order George Washington's whiskey online & have it shipped to your home in Virginia! 🥃

Today, we continue the tradition of producing whiskey as well as other small batch distilled spirits.

06/10/2020
Leadership Livestream

Join Matt Chase, CEO of the National Association of Counties, for a discussion with Mount Vernon's Director of Leadership Programs Joseph Stoltz on Washington’s experiences at the local government level and what it looks like today.

Celebrate Father's Day or graduation with a dinner from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant! Place your order by Thursday, J...
06/10/2020
Dads & Grads Meals To Go

Celebrate Father's Day or graduation with a dinner from the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant! Place your order by Thursday, June 18, then pick up your order curbside on Saturday, June 20 to be enjoyed at home.

View the menu and place your order today.

06/09/2020
Book Talk Tuesday

Join Historian Mary Beth Norton live as she discusses her latest book, 1774: The Long Year of Revolution with Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Washington Library.

06/09/2020
Teaching Tuesday

Join Mount Vernon’s Student Learning Specialist Sadie Troy and Mount Vernon’s Manager of Teacher Programs Alissa Oginsk for an object analysis of an original punch bowl in our museum collections, plus a follow up activity for the classroom.

06/08/2020
Archaeology Livestream

Join Mount Vernon Research Archaeologist Jason Boroughs at the Slave Quarters and House for Families site for a discussion on archaeology and the enslaved community at Mount Vernon.

Update on Mount Vernon's livestreams: This next week we will start to deviate from our previous livestream schedule as w...
06/07/2020

Update on Mount Vernon's livestreams: This next week we will start to deviate from our previous livestream schedule as we begin planning for the reopening of Mount Vernon.

While we will continue to have one livestream per day this week, keep checking this page or mountvernon.org/livestream for updates to the schedule moving forward, and we thank you all for supporting our digital programming during our closure! After we reopen, what other livestream topics you would be interested in watching?

• Monday, June 8 at noon ET: Archaeology and the Enslaved Community, with Mount Vernon Research Archaeologist Jason Buroughs

• Monday, June 8 at 7:00 pm ET: Members-only livestream with author Richard Brookhiser and Mount Vernon President & CEO Douglas Bradburn (learn more at mountvernon.org/memberperks)

• Tuesday, June 9 at noon ET: Object Analysis with the Education Team, with Mount Vernon's Sadie Troy and Alissa Oginsky

• Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 pm ET: Livestream with author Mary Beth Norton on her book, 1774: The Long Year of Revolution, with Executive Director of the Washington Library Kevin Butterfield

• Wednesday, June 10 at 4:00 pm ET: Leadership Livestream with Matt Chase, CEO of the National Association of Counties, with Mount Vernon's Director of Leadership Programs Joseph Stoltz

• Thursday, June 11 at noon ET: Livestream with Professor Paul Gilje from the University of Oklahoma, with Executive Director of the Washington Library Kevin Butterfield

• Friday, June 12 at noon ET: Live in the Archaeology Lab, with Mount Vernon's Curator of Archaeological Collections Sean Devlin

The demonstrations we see in cities and towns across our nation are, in part, a consequence of America's unwillingness t...
06/04/2020

The demonstrations we see in cities and towns across our nation are, in part, a consequence of America's unwillingness to engage in a constructive dialogue on the legacies of race-based slavery and inequality. Slavery and racial oppression have deep roots in our society, both preceded the existence of the United States, and were not overthrown in our revolutionary birth. Even when free, Black Americans were rarely accorded the rights of citizens in our founding era, and full equal treatment remains elusive.

We are still struggling to live up to the promises of our founding creed. We fought a revolution, declared "all men to be created equal," yet allowed slavery to continue.

This is our imperfect union. Our “great experiment.” Ours is a republic that requires citizen oversight. It demands that we stand up, share ideas, and be heard. It requires our citizens to be students of history, to recognize the mistakes and inequalities of the past, to keep an open mind to new ideas, and to listen to each other. It asks citizens to vote to shape their future.

Mount Vernon stands against racism. We recognize George and Martha Washington held men, women, and children in bondage. Mount Vernon stands with all who wish to help make our imperfect union, a bit more perfect. We seek to educate people about the past so they can reflect on these histories and create a better world for tomorrow. We do so by preserving the stories of those who called our estate home, not only our nation's founding father, who helped launch our flawed but powerful democratic experiment but those who served him in bondage and made his achievements possible. Washington’s life, and the lives of the people he enslaved, are forever intertwined with our past and our future together.

We encourage you to explore the lives of those who have come before us; people like Doll, Frank Lee, Hercules, and Ona Judge. Use their stories of hardship, resistance, punishment, and community to understand our nation's inequalities. Remember and tell their stories while you explore the lives and ideas of people like George Washington and other founders. Then take these lessons to your communities, share with others, and use them to contribute to our nation's long-deferred dialogue.

Mount Vernon stands in solidarity with those confronting racism and racial injustice and will continue to contribute to this important national dialogue. We invite others to join us by sharing their own thoughts at mountvernon.org/dialogue

06/01/2020
Reflections From Lady Washington

A day before her birthday, Lady Washington reflects on her life and gives us some hopeful advice outside of St. Peter's Parish Church in New Kent County, Virginia.

#OnThisDay in 1790, Thomas Paine forwards the key to the Bastille to George Washington from the Marquis de Lafayette. 🔑
05/31/2020
Bastille Key

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

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.

Storm clouds forming over Mount Vernon after Friday's livestream ⛈
05/30/2020

Storm clouds forming over Mount Vernon after Friday's livestream ⛈

05/29/2020
LIVE in the Distillery

We’re talking whiskey for our Casual Friday livestream on May 29 at noon ET! Join us for a tour of George Washington’s Distillery with Mount Vernon Director of Historic Trades, Steve Bashore.

05/28/2020
Trivia Thursday with Mount Vernon

Join us for our FINAL family-friendly Thursday trivia game! Mount Vernon experts will test their knowledge as they answer trivia questions related to Washington. But whose justification is more convincing? You get to decide! Watch the game to vote on who you think answered the question correctly.

#OnThisDay in 1754, a young George Washington ignites the spark that begins the French & Indian War.
05/28/2020
Ten Facts About George Washington and the French & Indian War

#OnThisDay in 1754, a young George Washington ignites the spark that begins the French & Indian War.

George Washington was a raw and ambitious 21-year old when he was first sent to the Ohio Valley to confront the growing French presence in the region. His actions sparked the French & Indian War.

05/27/2020
George Washington's Mount Vernon

REMINDER! Tune in for a special Washington Wednesday livestream at 2:30 pm ET instead of noon for a discussion between General John Allen of The Brookings Institution and Mount Vernon President & CEO Douglas Bradburn on George Washington’s leadership & legacy.

Tune in for a special Washington Wednesday livestream at 2:30 pm ET for a discussion between General John Allen of the Brookings Institution and Mount Vernon President & CEO Douglas Bradburn on George Washington’s leadership and legacy.

#MyMountVernon Photo Highlight, from Grace Schaefermeier: "I am not sure about the date of this photo, but I think it wa...
05/27/2020

#MyMountVernon Photo Highlight, from Grace Schaefermeier: "I am not sure about the date of this photo, but I think it was maybe in the mid-1940s, taken during a trip made by my great-grandparents around the state of VA. I found this photo in a box of old photos from my mother after she passed away."

Thank you for sharing this story & photographs with us, Grace. If you haven't yet, share your photos & Mount Vernon memories at mountvernon.org/shareyourphotos to have them archived in the Washington Library, and for a chance to be featured on our website, social media accounts, and email newsletter.

On #MemorialDay, we honor those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. 🇺🇸
05/25/2020

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

A quarantine LEGO masterpiece in progress: The Mount Vernon Mansion & historic gardens by Joshua Hamilton! (@batbrick39 ...
05/24/2020

A quarantine LEGO masterpiece in progress: The Mount Vernon Mansion & historic gardens by Joshua Hamilton! (@batbrick39 on Instagram)

Hamilton is hoping to showcase his work of art at the BrickFair at the Dulles Expo Center the first weekend in August as he did last year. Before then, he's hoping to get the stables added in.

Have you made any Mount Vernon or Washington-related works of art lately? Share them with us for a chance to be featured on our account!

05/23/2020
Nelly's Reproduction Harpsichord

Enjoy this #MuseumMomentofZen as Samuel Bradburn (Dr. Bradburn's son) plays Rondo Alla Turca by Mozart on Nelly's reproduction harpsichord in the New Room at Mount Vernon! Learn more at mountvernon.org/harpsichord

A few photos of a moody Mount Vernon, taken after the rain & our livestream on Friday. ☔️
05/23/2020

A few photos of a moody Mount Vernon, taken after the rain & our livestream on Friday. ☔️

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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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Walk in the first president's footsteps at Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate on the banks of the scenic Potomac River. Tour the Mansion that he shared with Martha Washington, wander the beautiful gardens, meet the farm animals and see George Washington's tomb. Inside the museum, see more than 700 artifacts, including George Washington's famous dentures. From April through October, visit the reconstructed distillery, where we make George Washington's whiskey. Mount Vernon is open 365 days a year.

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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?
Two years ago I got to visit George Washington's Mount Vernon. It is closed right now but soon to be reopened . This is a great place to visit and reflect on our Country.
Caroline is here. Let's Talk.
Lets Talk
what happened to today's live stream Tranquil Thursday?
is there a live stream today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtWaysqdx98 A 3 minute music video for all who love freedom, the Constitution, the 2nd Amendment and American history from the American Revolution to the War of 1812 and the Alamo.
Enjoyed the GWTI session with Dr. Glover this evening. Hope to attend next week as well.
Oh no! Is the fireworks event already sold out?
You can "Tour Mt. Vernon" on their website... a fun thing to do and you don't have to wear a mask!
Are there any G. Washington decententents still living today?
Sending in my check and Rosette for the July 4th flag.