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Mount Vernon – Home of President George Washington

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Mount Vernon – Home of President George Washington

Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon, home of President George Washington is located in Mount Vernon, VA, just 16 miles south of Washington, DC. The estate overlooks the Potomac River where George Washington lived in the “Mansion House Farm”. Mount Vernon estate was once 5,000 acres before it was divided into five farms. The gardens, which George Washington designed, along with the new museum and the mansion itself, offer visitors a glimpse into the life of the first President of the United States and his family.

Mount Vernon is a 500-acre estate that belonged to George Washington and his family. Forty-five acres of the estate are open to the public. The mansion was restored with period furniture that can be seen throughout the 14-room mansion. Visitors can also see slave quarters, smokehouse, coach house, stables and Washington’s tomb.

Insider Info:

  • The best time to visit Mount Vernon is during the week when lines tend to be shorter and during winter months.

  • Plan on spending anywhere from half a day to a full day touring the mansion, grounds and museum.

  • Kids love the Hands on History Room—it will keep them happy entertained and they love to visit the farm animals, especially in the spring.

  • Each morning when Mount Vernon opens to the public, the American flag is raised above the Main Gate. Contact groups@mountvernon.org if you would like to do the honors.

  • After her husband's death in 1799, Martha Washington closed the bedroom they shared and moved to the Mansion's third floor. This area of the Mansion is seldom open to visitors. You can see it during Christmas at Mount Vernon, November 28 - January 6.

  • Mount Vernon welcomes visitors to bring dogs on leashes during daytime visitation hours. The gate attendants provide a bowl of water for your special family friend.

Mount Vernon Address:
George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121 (703)780-2000

Mount Vernon Hours:
April - August daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sept. – Oct. daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. – Feb. daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission:
Adults - $15.00
Senior Citizens, age 62 and above - $14.00
Children ages 6 through 11 (accompanied by an adult) - $7.00
Children ages 5 and under (accompanied by an adult) – Free
Annual Pass - $25

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