Animals of all kinds lived at Mount Vernon in George Washington’s time. Modern visitors to the estate can see many of the same animals who lived here in the 18th century.


As an avid horseman, Washington maintained a stable of fine, well-kept horses. They provided transportation, pulled carriages, worked in the fields and wheat treading barn, and were even used for recreation.

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The Very Versatile Ruby Red

Today the term "Ruby Red" may be used to describe a juicy grapefruit or a rich port. But in the 18th century, a Ruby Red was a very important and versatile member of the plantation community.

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Aladdin, the Christmas Camel

In 1787, George Washington himself paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon to entertain his guests. Since 2008, Mount Vernon has welcomed Aladdin the Camel each Christmas season for just the same reason.

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Royal Gift

Royal Gift was the name of George Washington's most prized Spanish donkey, given to him by by Charles III, the King of Spain in 1785.

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General Washington loved dogs, and so do we. Mount Vernon invites guests to enjoy this landmark property along with their pets.

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A Paddock for Deer

Following aristocratic British practice, George Washington fenced off 18 acres on the slope, between the Mansion and the Potomac River, to serve as “a paddock for deer” or deer park.

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Mount Vernon's Rare Ossabaw Hogs Go to Bermuda

Of all the farm animals that now call Mount Vernon home, none is rarer than the Ossabaw Island hog. So when Bermuda needed to jump start its population, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy called upon Mount Vernon to start a new colony.

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