For Immediate Release
January 21, 2009
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Historic Mount Vernon welcomes visitors with February events and activities throughout the estate. Visitors can learn about slavery at Mount Vernon during Black History Month programs, wish “George Washington” happy birthday, view exciting new objects on display from a Revolutionary War cannon in the “George Washington & His Generals” exhibit to Mrs. Washington’s wedding slippers and gown pieces (through February 23). For more information, please go to Visit.MountVernon.org.
Black History Month Activities at Mount Vernon
February 1 – 28
Slave Life at Mount Vernon tour: Daily, 1:00 p.m.
In observance of Black History Month, Mount Vernon interpreters highlight the lives and contributions of the slaves who built and operated the plantation home of George and Martha Washington at the slave quarters and through a daily Slave Life at Mount Vernon tour. A wreathlaying and presentation occurs daily at the slave memorial site. Visitors learn about life as a slave with “Silla” and “Slammin’ Joe,” two of Washington’s slaves, at the slave cabin. First-person interpreters portraying the enslaved will present their perspective in the greenhouse. Black History Month activities are included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children under 5 are admitted free.
Mrs. Washington’s Wedding Slippers and Gown Pieces on Display
February 1 – 23
January marked the 250th wedding anniversary of George and Martha Washington, and on display through February 23 in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum are Mrs. Washington's wedding slippers, which have not been exhibited at Mount Vernon in over 20 years, and pieces of her wedding gown. Due to their fragile condition, these treasures will not be on display for many years to come.
Breakfast with George Washington & America’s Smallest Hometown Parade
February 14 and 15 (Sat and Sun, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
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 sample, families can participate in America’s Smallest Hometown Parade at 1:30 p.m., complete with fife and drum corps, 18th-century music, and farm animals. Breakfast with George Washington & America’s Smallest Hometown Parade is included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children under 5 are admitted free.
George Washington’s 277th Birthday Celebration
February 16 (Mon, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
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 a patriotic music and military drilling by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, featuring the 3rd U.S. Infantry, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard on the Bowling Green. “General Washington” will be on the grounds to greet visitors and receive their birthday wishes. America’s Smallest Hometown Parade lines up at 1:30 p.m. with its fife and drum corps, 18th-century music, and farm animals. “General Washington” is on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes.
"George Washington & His Generals" Exhibition
Opens February 21 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Beginning February 21, Historic Mount Vernon’s F.M. Kirby Gallery in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum hosts a special new exhibition, “George Washington & His Generals.” For the first time, a collection of over 120 paintings, personal artifacts and manuscripts associated with the generals of the Continental and French armies who served under George Washington will be on display. “George Washington and His Generals” exhibition is co-sponsored by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association and The Society of the Cincinnati and will remain on view through January 10, 2010. Admission to the F.M. Kirby Gallery is included with regular admission: $15 for adults; $7 for children, five and under are free.
Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.
703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); Visit.MountVernon.org
Since 1860, over 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, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE. Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.