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Accessibility Information

Parking and Wheelchair Availability:

Designated accessible parking spaces are available at the front of the East and West Visitor Parking Lots on each side of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, which are owned and maintained by the National Park Service, and at the front of Mount Vernon's overflow parking lot.  Transportation is not provided between the parking lots and the Ford Orientation Center, which is the main entrance to the Mount Vernon Estate.  For visitors with limited mobility, we suggest taking advantage of the curbside drop-off area on the traffic circle and nearby benches.

Standard, non-motorized wheelchairs and wheeled walkers are available free of charge inside the Ford Orientation Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visiting the Mansion and Historic Area:

  • Mansion tours accessible for guests who are blind or have low vision are available with advance reservation (one week).  For more information, please contact us via phone at 703-780-2000 (ask for the Department of History Interpretation) or electronically by clicking here: ASK MOUNT VERNON
  • Mansion tours accessible for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing are available with advance reservation (one week).  For more information, please contact us via phone at 703-780-2000 (ask for the Department of History Interpretation) or electronically by clicking here: ASK MOUNT VERNON.
  • A shuttle, with lift, runs continuously between the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center and the Pioneer Farm (April – October).
  • American Sign Language interpreters are available to accompany guests in the Mansion and Historic Area with advance reservation (one week).  For more information, please contact us via phone at 703-780-2000 (ask for the Department of History Interpretation) or electronically by clicking here: ASK MOUNT VERNON.  Please note: New handheld devices are available which provide text captioning in the Mansion and various locations on the estate.  These devices are available on-demand, without charge, and allow for more independent exploration.

Visiting our Modern Facilities:

  • The Ford Orientation Center, Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, and the Mount Vernon Inn Complex are fully accessible for guests with wheelchairs and walkers.
  • Closed Captioning is available for all narrated video presentations in the Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center.

Other Resources:

  • NEW!  Small handheld devices are available on-demand to provide tour content for guests who are blind or have low vision, and guests who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Through the use of GPS hotspots and infrared emitters located around the estate, these devices will automatically provide audio description services, assistive listening or text captioning for guests as they explore the Ford Orientation Center, the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, and the Historic Area—including the Mansion, Slave Quarters, North Lane, South Lane, Bowling Green, Tomb, and Slave Memorial.   Devices can be checked-out for free in the Ford Orientation Center. For more information, or to make arrangements for group use of these new devices, please contact us via phone at 703-780-2000 (ask for the Department of History Interpretation) or electronically by clicking here: ASK MOUNT VERNON.
  • Alternate format guest maps are available upon request at the Ford Orientation Center.
  • Certified service animals or service animals-in-training are welcome.
For more information, please contact us via phone at 703-780-2000 or electronically by clicking here: ASK MOUNT VERNON.