For Immediate Release
January 4, 2012
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
George Washington’s favorite breakfast was “hoecakes swimming in butter and honey.” Join “General Washington” for a sample of this meal (while supplies last) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Following the breakfast sampler, visitors can mingle with costumed characters from George Washington’s world. This event is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $17; children ages 6-11, $8; and children under 5 are admitted free.
Celebrate the national observance of George Washington’s birthday by visiting his home and burial site FREE-of-charge on this day. The traditional wreathlaying ceremony at Washington's Tomb takes place at 10:00 a.m., followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green. “General Washington” is on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes all day. Mount Vernon will introduce a new character program to George Washington’s birthday celebration this year.
George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution, complete with his own handwritten notes, will be on display through Monday, February 18. This rare and fascinating volume contains a draft of the Bill of Rights and other records of the First Congress on view in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association captured worldwide media attention after acquiring the book at auction earlier this year. It will be permanently housed at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, which opens in fall 2013.
Since 1860, more than 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.
Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission rates: adults, $17.00; senior citizens, $16.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $8.00; and children under age 5, FREE. Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.