Discover George Washington's Mount Vernon!
Enhance your classroom teaching with engaging experiences and activities that deepen students' understanding of George Washington, Mount Vernon, and life in the 18th century.

Student admission to Mount Vernon includes the opportunity to tour the iconic Mansion, historic area outbuildings, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, as well as seasonal access to the Pioneer Farm and Distillery & Gristmill. Field trips for all grade levels can be enriched by adding one or more of the programs and tours listed below. Pricing and availability may depend on the time of year.

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Colonial Days at Mount Vernon

Experience 18th-century plantation life through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and colonial games at the Pioneer Farm. Participants may also tour the Mansion, meet people from Washington's world, and take part in a special ceremony at Washington's tomb.

Program Dates:  October 11-13, 18-20, 24-26, November 1-3, 8-10, 2017 & March 13-16, 2018
Program Times: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: K-6
Program Length: Budget at least 2 hours
Cost: Included with admission. Advance registration is required.

Legends and Legacies: The Real George Washington

Go beyond the myths of cherry trees and wooden teeth to explore George Washington's exceptional character and accomplishments. Participants visit the Mansion, slave quarters, and the Washington tomb.

Program Dates: November 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018, weekdays only
Program Times: As early as 9:30 a.m., depending on group size
Recommended Grade Levels: 3-6
Program Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission

Telling Their Stories: Mount Vernon's Enslaved People

Explore the estate's historic outbuildings where the enslaved community lived and worked. Hear the stories of individuals such as William Lee, Caroline Branham, and Christopher Sheels, and learn how their work made Mount Vernon a successful plantation. This tour can be extended with a special wreath laying at the Slave Memorial.

Program Dates: November 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: 5-12
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission, available for an additional fee at other times of the year

Washington's Lessons in Leadership

Discover how George Washington became a celebrated leader whose contributions still impact the world today. Learn how character, integrity, and multi-faceted leadership skills remain relevant for achieving success.

Program Dates: November 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: 5-12
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission, available for an additional fee at other times of the year

Revolutionary! STEM in Washington's World

Explore Mount Vernon by engaging in a variety of STEM activities. Characters from Washington’s world discuss the greenhouse heating and advances in farming. Students also learn surveying techniques that George Washington may have used as a young man. During the Mansion tour, participants find objects associated with 18th-century technology.

Program Dates: November 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: 3-6
Program Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $3.00 per participant plus admission, available for an additional fee at other times of the year

History Meets Hollywood at Mount Vernon

Go behind the scenes to various locations where the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets was filmed. While discussing the film, students learn about George Washington and our own national treasure, Mount Vernon.

Program Dates: November 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018
Program Times: Offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission, available for an additional fee at other times of the year

Through My Eyes: Character Tours for Students

Learn about George Washington from someone who knew him. Follow them as they go about their daily activities and discover what it was like to live and work at Mount Vernon in the 18th century.

Program Dates: November 13, 2017 – February 28, 2018, weekdays only
Program Times: Offered at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: 2-8
Program Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission, available for an additional fee at other times of the year

Seed to Table

Students visit the Pioneer Farm to learn more about George Washington, the farmer. Through storytelling, hands-on activities, and discussion, students discover what crops Washington grew and why, meet an animal, and learn how simple tools were used to improve farming practices.

Program Dates: April 16 - June 8, 2018, weekdays only
Program Times: As early as 9:30 a.m., depending on group size
Recommended Grade Levels: K-2
Program Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission

Farmer Washington: A Man of Innovation

Through hands-on activities at the Pioneer Farm, students are introduced to George Washington's innovative farming practices and his belief that America's economic success was tied to agriculture.

Program Dates: April 16 – June 8, 2018, weekdays only
Program Times: As early as 9:30 a.m., depending on group size
Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8
Program Length: 60 minutes
Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission

George Washington's Gristmill

Experience STEM curriculum in action! Explore how wheels, gears, and levers were used to produce cornmeal and flour at Washington's water-powered gristmill.

Program Dates: April 1 – October 31, annually
Program Times: Site opens at 10 a.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: K-6; tours of the distillery for older students available upon request
Program Length: 45 minutes
Cost: Included with admission, advance reservation is required.

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