Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Located just 16 miles south of Washington D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the plantation rests on the banks of the Potomac River.
Visitors are invited to tour the Mansion house and more than a dozen outbuildings including the slave quarters, kitchen, stables, and greenhouse. Stroll four different gardens, hike the Forest Trail, and explore the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site, a four-acre working farm that includes a re-creation of Washington’s 16-sided treading barn. George and Martha Washington rest in peace in the tomb where wreath-laying ceremonies are held daily, and the Slave memorial and Burial Ground in nearby.
Forty-five acres of the estate are open to the public. A spectacular view of the Potomac River from the Mansion’s piazza transports visitors back in time. Four gardens showcase heirloom plants known to have been at Mount Vernon in the late 1700s. Washington himself designed the landscape which includes 13 trees that stand today as the last living witnesses of Washington’s lifetime.
The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center and the Ford Orientation Center include 25 new theaters and galleries that tell the detailed story of George Washington’s life. More than 500 original artifacts, eleven History Channel videos, and immersion theater experiences illuminate the remarkable story of the first American hero.
Plan to spend at least several hours touring Mount Vernon. You will discover plenty of activities to fill an entire day.
Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington from the time of their marriage in 1759 until General Washington’s death in 1799. He worked tirelessly to expand his plantation from 2,000 acres to 8,000 acres and the mansion house from six rooms to twenty one.
Guests will enjoy a special guided tour of Mount Vernon called The National Treasure Tour. You’ll go behind the scenes of the blockbuster movie “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets,” during this tour. Visitors will take an hour long walking-tour that includes behind-the-scenes-information about areas where “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets” filming took place and how these locations were used during George Washington’s time. The Mansion’s basement with its cornerstone is included in this tour. Tour times are 9:30a, 11:30a, 1:00p and 3:00p.