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When you consider that George Washington’s Mount Vernon is home to one of the country’s most famous residences, it might sound unusual to talk about it also being home to unexpected experiences. But as a destination full of unique and ever-evolving visitor experiences, that’s precisely what it is.
Beyond George and Martha Washington’s historic Mansion, the estate covers more than 500 acres situated on the banks of the Potomac River. The sprawling property includes four gardens, a working farm home to heritage-breed animals including sheep, cattle and hogs, plus wide-open spaces, and shaded nature trails for summer strolls.
Tour the Grounds with Martha Washington
What better way to learn about Mount Vernon than from the woman who once called it home? During the Mrs. Washington’s Mount Vernon tour, spend an hour with Martha Washington and learn about daily life at Mount Vernon. As you visit the Mansion, the kitchen, gardens, and outbuildings, you will also learn about Mount Vernon’s enslaved community. This program is offered Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Test Your Leadership Skills
Put your leadership skills to the test with the interactive experience Be Washington™, narrated by Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson. You’ll step into the boots of George Washington and come face-to-face with a leadership challenge that Washington encountered. You’ll decide on a course of action, then you’ll find out how your choice compares to Washington’s.
Experience the Revolution in 4D
For something truly unique, immerse yourself in the Revolutionary War Theater: 4D Experience. This fast-paced 4D production brings to life Washington’s victories at Boston, Trenton, and Yorktown. You’ll feel the rumble of cannons and see falling snow at this popular attraction.
See How 18th-Century Whiskey Was Made
Something many visitors don’t know is that your grounds pass to Mount Vernon also gives you access to tours of George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill, open on weekends, April – October.
Located just a few miles from the estate’s main entrance, Washington’s distillery was once one of the largest whiskey distilleries in America. See how whiskey was made in Washington’s time at a reconstructed distillery, where Mount Vernon makes whiskey and brandy today using 18th-century methods. Spirits are available for purchase on-site, as are stone-ground cornmeal, grits and pancake flour produced at the adjacent gristmill.
There is so much to see and do at George Washington’s estate, you can easily spend an entire day and still have plenty of reasons to return. Insider tip: When you visit Mount Vernon, you can apply the value of your admission tickets toward a membership. Members receive free, daytime admission for one-year, discounted tickets to special events, and discounts at the gift shop and the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.
The estate is open 365 days a year. All guests are required to purchase a grounds pass for entry. The grounds pass includes an audio tour and self-paced access to the historic area, outbuildings, gardens, tomb, farm, trails, and the museum.
Entry to the Mansion is by guided tour only and requires a Mansion tour ticket. Because these tours have limited capacity, it is highly recommended you purchase your tickets in advance online. This is the best way to guarantee entry.
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