Help Us Keep History Alive

George Washington’s life, character, and leadership are just as relevant today as they were in the 18th century. It is only with your support that we can keep history alive by preserving and maintaining the museums, artifacts, educational buildings, and outreach programs that bring our greatest national hero to life for millions every year

Touring the estate is a living history lesson. We offer engaging, hands-on educational resources and experiences that tell the remarkable story of George Washington. Our Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center features galleries and theaters where visitors learn about Washington through interactive displays, short films, immersive experiences, and a comprehensive collection of objects. 

Teachers receive an immersive 18th-century experience while diving deep into rich content and innovative teaching techniques. They collaborate with visiting scholars, fellow participants, character interpreters, and Mount Vernon staff. Our program is designed so that each teacher returns to their communities and shares newly learned content and skills, magnifying the impact of George Washington resources reaching students nationwide.

History Comes To Life in the Classroom

What truly excites many students is seeing original George Washington documents right in their classroom. Teachers are using these primary sources as part of their regular lesson plans. Students view these documents on digital devices and computers, read and transcribe them, and then discuss their analysis of Washington’s words. Without the availability of these resources, students may never see George Washington’s handwriting, or read in his own words his thoughts on farming, the war, or the new nation he was leading.

Digital Access to History

Mount Vernon provides free and unlimited access to digital resources, making the life and legacy of George Washington accessible to students and educators around the globe. We offer dozens of lesson plans, primary source based interactives, and dynamic videos perfect for student engagement. The virtual tour allows students to explore our most cherished primary source, the Mansion and grounds, even if they cannot get here in person. 

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