For the ultimate learning experience, give your group their own private tour. This opportunity is offered exclusively to groups of 20 or more and can be tailored to an adult or student audience. This special 45-minute outdoor walking tour is led by one of our professional history interpreters. These tours do not include the Mansion.
Select from the follow special tours:
This tour provides a wide-ranging interpretation of General Washington’s accomplishments, character, and vision – told during a purposeful walk around his beloved Mount Vernon. Guests will be encouraged to consider Washington and not only a general and president, but also as a young surveyor, farmer, businessman, a slave holder, a devoted patriot, and a loving family man. This tour ends with a private wreathlaying at Washington’s Tomb.
The emphasis of this tour is General Washington’s skill as an amateur landscape architect. General Washington considered not only the mansion, but also its setting. During the years between being a Revolutionary War general and the first constitutionally elected President of the United States, Washington turned his attention to creating the gardens and vista that would enhance his home, and yet have the work buildings ready and convenient to the main house—a vision both beautiful and practical that tells us much about the man.
Slave Life Tour:
The focus of this tour is to introduce grounds to the enslaved families at Mount Vernon who wove a community of rich traditions and social and cultural identities despite great odds. Guests will learn about the typical day in the life of a slave, of the skilled workers whose hands formed the rusticated siding on the mansion, and of the field hands and mill workers whose labor made the farms, mill, and distillery economically successful. Groups will hear the stories of people like Hercules, the Presidential cook, whose life took a dramatic turn after General Washington’s decision not to serve a third term; of Oney Judge who decided that she didn’t want to be a slave when she was informed by Mrs. Washington that she would be given to Mrs. Washington’s granddaughter Eliza as a wedding gift; and of Frank and Lucy for whom freedom brought both joy and pain. Guests will also learn of General Washington’s changing attitude toward the institution of slavery.
National Treasure Tour:
During the National Treasure Tour, guests go behind-the-scenes and learn about the filming of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, which took place at Mount Vernon. Along the way, your group will also learn about George Washington and his beloved estate.
For your convenience, these popular walking tours may be scheduled at three designated times daily (based upon availability) for groups of 20 or more (maximum of 50 per tour time):
Expert Guide Service is $5 per person in addition to Estate admission.
Advance reservations are required. Reserve your expert guide service as part of your online group reservation request.
Expert Guide Service does not include a tour of the mansion and does not give your group preferential line status.