Discover the 18th Century! George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers a variety of educational experiences for students of all grade levels.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers a variety of educational experiences for students of all grade levels. In addition to touring Washington’s iconic Mansion, student admission to Mount Vernon also includes access to the Pioneer Farm (seasonal), Blacksmith Shop, Distillery & Gristmill, Ford Orientation Center, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Specifically designed for students, the Education Center features 23 interactive galleries and theaters including a special-effects movie and surround-sound audio programs. To enrich your students’ learning experience, select and reserve one (or more) of the activities described below.

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Colonial Days at Mount Vernon

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-6
Program Dates: October 15 – November 14, 2014 (except October 31, November 4 and 11)
Tuesday-Friday only; March 4 – March 20, 2015 Wednesday-Friday only
Program Length: Budget at least 2 hours

From 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., experience 18th-century plantation life at Mount Vernon during this unique program! At the Pioneer Farm, students encounter costumed interpreters producing 18th-century goods; learn about George Washington’s innovative farming practices; visit the reconstructed Slave Cabin; play colonial games; and see farm animals. Students may also participate in a special ceremony at Washington’s Tomb.

Also tour the Mansion at a designated time and meet people from Washington’s world around the historic area.

Cost: FREE with paid admission, but advance registration required.

Seed to Table

Recommended Grade Levels: K-2
Program Dates: April 13 – June 19, 2015 (weekdays only)
Program Length: 45 minutes

Through storytelling, hands-on activities, and inquiry-based discussion, students discover that George Washington was a master farmer. At the Pioneer Farm, students learn what crops Washington grew and why; meet an animal (such as a horse, mule, sheep, or ox); and learn how simple tools were used to improve farming practices.

Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission.*

Farmer Washington: A Man of Innovation

Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8
Program Dates: April 13 – June 19, 2015 (weekdays only)
Program Length: 60 minutes

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 and independence were tied to the ability to produce and ship agricultural products around the world. Participants learn that Washington was a creative, experimental, and forward-thinking agriculturalist.

Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission.*

Legends and Legacies: The Real George Washington

Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8
Program Dates: November 17, 2014 – February 27, 2015 (weekdays only)
Program Length: 90 minutes

Students go beyond the myths of cherry trees and wooden teeth to explore George Washington’s exceptional character and accomplishments. While visiting the Mansion, Slave Quarters, and Washington’s Tomb, they discover that he was a political and military leader, visionary farmer, family man, technology enthusiast, architect, and slave owner, whose views on the subject evolved with time. 

Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission.*

Through My Eyes: Character Tours for Students

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-8
Program Dates: Year round (weekdays only)
Program Length: 45 minutes

Engage with people from Washington’s world as they go about their daily activities at Mount Vernon. Immersed in the 18th century, students learn about life on Washington’s plantation from those who lived and worked here.

Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission.*

George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill

Recommended Grade Levels: All
Program Dates: April 1 – October 31, 2015
Program Length: 45 minutes

Experience hands-on STEM curriculum in action! Explore how wheels, pulleys, gears, and levers were used to produce cornmeal and flour at Washington’s water-powered Gristmill. Learn about the science of fermentation and distillation and how grain was made into whiskey at Mount Vernon’s Distillery.

Cost: FREE with paid admission, but advance registration required.

History Meets Hollywood at Mount Vernon

Recommended Grade Levels: 4-8
Program Dates: Year round**
Program Length: 60 minutes

Lights…Camera...George Washington! Students go behind-the-scenes to visit various locations on the estate where the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets was filmed. Students discover the intersection of Hollywood and history as they discuss the making of the film, George Washington’s life, and the story of our very own national treasure, Mount Vernon.

Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission.*

Telling Their Stories: Mount Vernon's Enslaved People

Recommended Grade Levels: 5-12
Program Dates: Year round**
Program Length: 60 minutes

Learn how the work of enslaved individuals such as William Lee, Caroline Brannum, and Christopher Sheels made Mount Vernon a successful 18th-century plantation. The daily lives of the enslaved men, women, and children, as well as the hardships they endured, are discussed. The evolution of Washington’s views on the institution of slavery is also presented.

Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission.*

George Washington's Lessons in Leadership

Recommended Grade Levels: 5-12
Program Dates: Year round**
Program Length: 60 minutes

George Washington grew from an ambitious young man to a celebrated leader whose contributions still impact the world today. Students discover that Washington’s character, integrity, and multi-faceted leadership skills remain relevant for achieving success. His example of good manners and civility are analyzed and adapted for 21st-century life.

Cost: $1.50 per participant plus admission.*

George Washington Comic Book

Our George Washington Comic Book is available for $3. Special Funding Available for Colonial Days! Don’t let tight budgets prohibit your field trip to Mount Vernon! Title One schools are eligible for the Ford Motor Company Fund admission discount as well as a $50 bus rebate!

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