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September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

April 6th - December 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

November 29th - December 22nd, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Experience Washington's most festive holiday event as you tour Mount Vernon by candlelight.

Once our town crier invites your group into the historic area, an expert Mount Vernon guide will walk your guests along candlelit lanes, sharing the history of Christmases past as you approach Washington’s beloved home. Meet characters from Washington’s time, including “Martha Washington” and “Nelly Custis” inside the Mansion as you hear stories about how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas.

After the Mansion tour, guests are invited to partake in 18th-century dancing in the greenhouse and enjoy the crisp evening air near an outdoor bonfire, complete with caroling, cookies, and cider.

Please allow at least one hour for the tour experience from the start time of your ticket.

Special offerings:

The Museum and Education Center is open from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You can explore the museum before or after your scheduled candlelight tour time. Don’t miss our newly opened exhibit on Washington and the books he read and that inspired our first president.

The Shops at Mount Vernon are also open late for Candlelight guests. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Holiday shopping hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. during this event.

Click here to buy tickets. Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. 

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

November 19th - April 29th, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tours of the National Library for the Study of George Washington

By popular demand, Mount Vernon is now offering tours of the newly opened Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington!

Led by Mount Vernon tour guides and Library staff members, this new tour will offer access to the main floor of the much-anticipated center for scholarship about George Washington, Colonial America, and the Revolutionary Era. View rare books and manuscripts, special collections and art, research resources, and one-of-a-kind design details such as custom-created busts of the Founding Fathers.

Tour includes access to:
The Karen Buchwald Wright Reading Room
The John and Adrienne Mars Rare Books & Manuscripts Room
The Ann and John Bookout Reception Hall
Open Stacks
Conference Wing

The Library tour is included in general admission but a ticket is required to reserve a space.

Click here to reserve a ticket.

Limited to 20 guests on a first-come, first-served basis.  Ages 12 and over. Guests will meet their guide at 1:30pm in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center & Museum lobby. Tours are one-hour in length.

*There will be limited access to the John and Adrienne Mars Rare Books & Manuscripts Room due to space constraints.

See photos of the new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington – from its groundbreaking to its opening day.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

April 6th - December 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

November 29th - December 22nd, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Experience Washington's most festive holiday event as you tour Mount Vernon by candlelight.

Once our town crier invites your group into the historic area, an expert Mount Vernon guide will walk your guests along candlelit lanes, sharing the history of Christmases past as you approach Washington’s beloved home. Meet characters from Washington’s time, including “Martha Washington” and “Nelly Custis” inside the Mansion as you hear stories about how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas.

After the Mansion tour, guests are invited to partake in 18th-century dancing in the greenhouse and enjoy the crisp evening air near an outdoor bonfire, complete with caroling, cookies, and cider.

Please allow at least one hour for the tour experience from the start time of your ticket.

Special offerings:

The Museum and Education Center is open from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You can explore the museum before or after your scheduled candlelight tour time. Don’t miss our newly opened exhibit on Washington and the books he read and that inspired our first president.

The Shops at Mount Vernon are also open late for Candlelight guests. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Holiday shopping hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. during this event.

Click here to buy tickets. Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. 

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

April 6th - December 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

November 29th - December 22nd, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Experience Washington's most festive holiday event as you tour Mount Vernon by candlelight.

Once our town crier invites your group into the historic area, an expert Mount Vernon guide will walk your guests along candlelit lanes, sharing the history of Christmases past as you approach Washington’s beloved home. Meet characters from Washington’s time, including “Martha Washington” and “Nelly Custis” inside the Mansion as you hear stories about how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas.

After the Mansion tour, guests are invited to partake in 18th-century dancing in the greenhouse and enjoy the crisp evening air near an outdoor bonfire, complete with caroling, cookies, and cider.

Please allow at least one hour for the tour experience from the start time of your ticket.

Special offerings:

The Museum and Education Center is open from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You can explore the museum before or after your scheduled candlelight tour time. Don’t miss our newly opened exhibit on Washington and the books he read and that inspired our first president.

The Shops at Mount Vernon are also open late for Candlelight guests. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Holiday shopping hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. during this event.

Click here to buy tickets. Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. 

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

December 12th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Washington’s Rye Whiskey for Sale!

Mount Vernon will have 1,000 bottles of unaged George Washington Rye Whiskey available for purchase Thursday, December 12, at 10am – just in time for the holidays! The rye whiskey was made at George Washington’s reconstructed distillery at Mount Vernon this November.  The George Washington Rye Whiskey is available for sale in-person only for $95 at The Shops at Mount Vernon.

Sales are limited to one bottle per person. A valid id is required to purchase the George Washington Rye Whiskey. Unfortunately Mount Vernon cannot accommodate internet or phone orders.

For more information about the whiskey and George Washington’s Distillery, please visit MountVernon.org/Distillery.

Cheers to George Washington!

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

April 6th - December 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

December 14th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Book Signing with Newt and Callista Gingrich

Please join former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, and his wife, Callista Gingrich, as they sign books in The Shops at Mount Vernon on Saturday, December 14, from 3pm to 5pm.

Callista Gingrich will be signing, Yankee Doodle Dandy, the third installment in her New York Times bestselling series. Callista Gingrich and Ellis the Elephant introduce young children to America’s patriots and their courageous fight for independence. Traveling through time, Ellis the Elephant encounters the Sons of Liberty, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, the Founding Fathers, Betsy Ross, and more.

Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, will be available to sign his three historical novels available for purchase in the Shops at Mount Vernon: Victory at Yorktown: A Novel, To Try Men’s Souls: A Novel of George Washington and The Fight for American Freedom, and Rediscovering God in America: Reflections on the Role of Faith in Our Nation’s History and Future.

All books can be purchased online or in The Shops at Mount Vernon before the book signing.

No admission is required to shop.

November 29th - December 22nd, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Experience Washington's most festive holiday event as you tour Mount Vernon by candlelight.

Once our town crier invites your group into the historic area, an expert Mount Vernon guide will walk your guests along candlelit lanes, sharing the history of Christmases past as you approach Washington’s beloved home. Meet characters from Washington’s time, including “Martha Washington” and “Nelly Custis” inside the Mansion as you hear stories about how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas.

After the Mansion tour, guests are invited to partake in 18th-century dancing in the greenhouse and enjoy the crisp evening air near an outdoor bonfire, complete with caroling, cookies, and cider.

Please allow at least one hour for the tour experience from the start time of your ticket.

Special offerings:

The Museum and Education Center is open from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You can explore the museum before or after your scheduled candlelight tour time. Don’t miss our newly opened exhibit on Washington and the books he read and that inspired our first president.

The Shops at Mount Vernon are also open late for Candlelight guests. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Holiday shopping hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. during this event.

Click here to buy tickets. Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. 

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

April 6th - December 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

November 29th - December 22nd, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Experience Washington's most festive holiday event as you tour Mount Vernon by candlelight.

Once our town crier invites your group into the historic area, an expert Mount Vernon guide will walk your guests along candlelit lanes, sharing the history of Christmases past as you approach Washington’s beloved home. Meet characters from Washington’s time, including “Martha Washington” and “Nelly Custis” inside the Mansion as you hear stories about how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas.

After the Mansion tour, guests are invited to partake in 18th-century dancing in the greenhouse and enjoy the crisp evening air near an outdoor bonfire, complete with caroling, cookies, and cider.

Please allow at least one hour for the tour experience from the start time of your ticket.

Special offerings:

The Museum and Education Center is open from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You can explore the museum before or after your scheduled candlelight tour time. Don’t miss our newly opened exhibit on Washington and the books he read and that inspired our first president.

The Shops at Mount Vernon are also open late for Candlelight guests. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Holiday shopping hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. during this event.

Click here to buy tickets. Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. 

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

November 19th - April 29th, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Tours of the National Library for the Study of George Washington

By popular demand, Mount Vernon is now offering tours of the newly opened Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington!

Led by Mount Vernon tour guides and Library staff members, this new tour will offer access to the main floor of the much-anticipated center for scholarship about George Washington, Colonial America, and the Revolutionary Era. View rare books and manuscripts, special collections and art, research resources, and one-of-a-kind design details such as custom-created busts of the Founding Fathers.

Tour includes access to:
The Karen Buchwald Wright Reading Room
The John and Adrienne Mars Rare Books & Manuscripts Room
The Ann and John Bookout Reception Hall
Open Stacks
Conference Wing

The Library tour is included in general admission but a ticket is required to reserve a space.

Click here to reserve a ticket.

Limited to 20 guests on a first-come, first-served basis.  Ages 12 and over. Guests will meet their guide at 1:30pm in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center & Museum lobby. Tours are one-hour in length.

*There will be limited access to the John and Adrienne Mars Rare Books & Manuscripts Room due to space constraints.

See photos of the new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington – from its groundbreaking to its opening day.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

April 6th - December 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

December 21st 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Book Signing with Brian Kilmeade

Please join Brian Kilmeade as he signs his newest book, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution, in The Shops at Mount Vernon on Saturday, December 21, from 3pm to 5pm. The book tells the fascinating story of the spy ring that passed information to George Washington, turning the tide of the American Revolution.

George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution can be purchased in The Shops at Mount Vernon before the book signing.

No admission is required to shop.

November 29th - December 22nd, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Experience Washington's most festive holiday event as you tour Mount Vernon by candlelight.

Once our town crier invites your group into the historic area, an expert Mount Vernon guide will walk your guests along candlelit lanes, sharing the history of Christmases past as you approach Washington’s beloved home. Meet characters from Washington’s time, including “Martha Washington” and “Nelly Custis” inside the Mansion as you hear stories about how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas.

After the Mansion tour, guests are invited to partake in 18th-century dancing in the greenhouse and enjoy the crisp evening air near an outdoor bonfire, complete with caroling, cookies, and cider.

Please allow at least one hour for the tour experience from the start time of your ticket.

Special offerings:

The Museum and Education Center is open from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You can explore the museum before or after your scheduled candlelight tour time. Don’t miss our newly opened exhibit on Washington and the books he read and that inspired our first president.

The Shops at Mount Vernon are also open late for Candlelight guests. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Holiday shopping hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. during this event.

Click here to buy tickets. Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. 

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

April 6th - December 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

November 29th - December 22nd, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mount Vernon by Candlelight

Experience Washington's most festive holiday event as you tour Mount Vernon by candlelight.

Once our town crier invites your group into the historic area, an expert Mount Vernon guide will walk your guests along candlelit lanes, sharing the history of Christmases past as you approach Washington’s beloved home. Meet characters from Washington’s time, including “Martha Washington” and “Nelly Custis” inside the Mansion as you hear stories about how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas.

After the Mansion tour, guests are invited to partake in 18th-century dancing in the greenhouse and enjoy the crisp evening air near an outdoor bonfire, complete with caroling, cookies, and cider.

Please allow at least one hour for the tour experience from the start time of your ticket.

Special offerings:

The Museum and Education Center is open from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. You can explore the museum before or after your scheduled candlelight tour time. Don’t miss our newly opened exhibit on Washington and the books he read and that inspired our first president.

The Shops at Mount Vernon are also open late for Candlelight guests. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list. Holiday shopping hours are extended to 9:30 p.m. during this event.

Click here to buy tickets. Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. 

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

April 6th - December 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

April 6th - December 29th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.

September 27th - January 12th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Take Note! George Washington the Reader

This special exhibition features more than 86 objects including 22 of George Washington's original books, allowing visitors to step into his world to read the words that he read, the books he took notes from, and the titles he recommended to others.

What did George Washington read? What shaped the thinking of the man who defeated the British army and secured American independence? Why did our first president believe that books were so important? To find out, we invite you to look over his shoulder and discover the words that instructed, inspired, angered, and entertained him.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover fresh perspectives of early America’s “indispensable man,” – from the nature of Washington's early education and the underpinnings of his thoughts as a soldier, gentleman, farmer, and statesman, to the enlightened projects and debates in which he participated in his final years.

On display inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Entrance to the museum is included in general admission.

November 29th - January 6th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christmas at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon decks the halls throughout the estate with themed Christmas trees and festive holiday touches. Traditional boughs of hand-cut greenery will adorn doorways in the Mansion, which will be staged with an elaborate holiday course in the formal dining room.

Each Christmas, Mount Vernon welcomes special guests including Aladdin the Camel. In 1787 George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to delight his visitors. In recent years, Mount Vernon has also proudly displayed the National Thanksgiving Turkey after its official "presidential pardoning" at the White House.

Holiday visitors will also enjoy extra daytime treats. Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion, where Martha Washington retired after her husband's death and learn how chocolate was made in the 18th century with live demonstrations.

 

Schedule of Daily Events 

November 29, 2013 - January 6, 2014

Special Mansion Tours (All Day)
Tour the rarely-open third floor of the Mansion and learn how the Washingtons celebrated Christmas. The Mansion will once again be decked out in historically appropriate holiday décor.

Themed Christmas Trees (All Day)
Mount Vernon decks the halls with 12 themed Christmas trees in the Orientation Center and Education Center lobbies. The EC trees are themed around the new and limited Museum exhibit, Take Note!

George Washington’s Christmas Camel (All Day)
In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Visit Aladdin the camel (across from the Bowling Green Gate).

Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys (All Day)
Greet the lucky bird officially pardoned by President Obama, as well as his eager understudy (in the Sales Lot).

18th-Century Chocolate Making (All Day)
Watch our costumed chocolatiers produce chocolate using 18th-century techniques (in the Vaughan Lobby).

Chocolate Toast to Christmas (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Taste our 18th-century-style chocolate drink, a Washington Family favorite (in the Vaughan Lobby).

18th-Century Entertainment (3:00pm - 3:30pm)
Costumed friends and family of the Washingtons teach dancing or tell stories about Christmas at Mount Vernon (in the Greenhouse).

Twelve Performances of Christmas (Weekends; 2:00pm)
Enjoy festive holiday performances by local musical groups (in the Education Center Lobby).

November 29, 2pm: The Madrigal Vocal Ensemble from Mount Vernon High School
November 30, 2pm: Suzuki Cello Studio of Alicia Javkhlan
December 1, 2pm: Capital Reeds 

December 7, 2pm: Oakhill Trio
December 8, 2pm: Sound Advice 

December 14, 12pm: MG Voices from Maple Grove High School 
December 14, 2pm: The Collaborative Choir
December 15, 2pm: Pohick Pickers

December 21, 2pm: Fort Hunt Fox Chimes from Fort Hunt Elementary School
December 22, 2pm: Treble and Lyric Choirs of the Fairfax Choral Society

Children’s Gingerbread Creations

See a selection of gingerbread creations of Mount Vernon structures crafted by students from Fort Belvoir Elementary School. On display beginning Monday, November 25 (in the Education Center Lobby).

March 1st - December 31st, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
National Treasure Tour

Mount Vernon’s popular “National Treasure Tour” returns beginning March 1.  The tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time.  Included in this approximately hour-long walking tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission. Click here for tickets to the National Treasure Tour.

Please be aware that this is an extensive walking tour that covers steep steps in the Mansion and a walk down a long hill to the wharf.