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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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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 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.

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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.

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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.

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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.

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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.

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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.

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

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.

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 21st 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Music at Mount Vernon: Music Series

Music at Mount Vernon is a three-part series designed to both entertain and educate through history and music. Three concerts of chamber music, performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra, will be prefaced by a brief piece of Mount Vernon history. After each concert, guests will adjourn for a reception of champagne and gourmet chocolates with the musicians.

Tickets are $175 per person or $125 for members and supporters. Ticket fee includes all three concerts and post-performance receptions.

 

Program Details

January 21, 7 pm
Chamber Music featuring Joel Fuller, violin; Alexandra Osborne, violin; Mahoko Eguchi, viola; and Rachel Young, cello.

The performance will include:
• Dvořák, Selections from Cypresses for String Quartet
• Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (Serioso)

February 25, 7 pm
Chamber Music featuring Heather LeDoux Green, violin; Alexandra Osborne, violin; Abigail Evans, viola; Heidi Remick, viola; Rachel Young, cello; and Ira Gold, double bass.

The performance will include:
• M. Haydn, Divertimento in E-flat Major
• Dvořák, Terzetto, Op. 74
• Brahms, String Sextet No. 2, Op. 36

March 25, 7 pm
Chamber Music featuring Alice Weinreb, flute; Nicholas Stovall, oboe; Loren Kitt, clarinet; Truman Harris, bassoon; and Laurel Bennert Ohlson, horn.

The performance will include:
• Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin, arr. Mason Jones

 

Begin Registration

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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

January 30th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Evening Book Talk: Phillip Levy

A series of free book talks begins this month at Mount Vernon’s new Library. This month noted historian Philip Levy will be speaking about his book Where the Cherry Tree Grew, a biography of Ferry Farm—George Washington's boyhood home—and its three centuries of American history.

Learn more

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January 7th - March 14th, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Signature Tour

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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