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All The President's Pups

April 5 - June 28

Bring along your best friend for a behind the scenes hike to the historic West Gate, and learn of the many dogs that once called Mount Vernon home.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon invites all dogs and their two-legged friends to explore the Estate through a guided walking tour devoted to dogs! All The President's Pups walking tour takes place on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., April 5 through June 28. This special walking tour covers 1.25 miles of Mount Vernon terrain stopping at five historic locations, including the West Gate. Learn about canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at Mount Vernon today.

It is well documented that the first president loved dogs. After the Revolutionary War, Washington tried to improve the quality of his hunting dogs through breeding. According to the American Kennel Club, Washington is the father of the American Foxhound. All The President's Pups walking tour costs $5 in addition to general admission for humans. Admission for dogs is free. All dogs must be leashed with their owner at all times.