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Take the Oath of Office at the Home of the First President!

Thu, 01/01/2009

Special Discount, Activities at Mount Vernon During the Month of January

For Immediate Release
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Media Contact:
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203

Take the Oath of Office at the Home of the First President!

MOUNT VERNON, Va. - Historic Mount Vernon, the home of the first president, welcomes visitors January 1-10 with 20% off adult admission. Visitors must print the coupon from Mount Vernon's visitor website: Take the oath of office in the new interactive Inaugural Gallery while gazing up at a life-size model of George Washington, one of three created from a forensic science investigation. See the nation's very first Inaugural buttons worn by supporters of Washington that feature such patriotic phrases as “Long Live the President!”  Tour an exhibition of the finest collection of presidential china outside of the White House; "Setting the President's Table: American Presidential China" from the Philadelphia Museum of Art is open through January 21.

“Inauguration” is the theme for Mount Vernon’s January storytelling session, “Once Upon a Time at Mount Vernon”, held every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. throughout the month at the Hands-On History room in the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center. During the 20-minute session, children will learn about General Washington’s dramatic journey to New York for the country’s first inauguration!  The storytelling program is recommended for children ages three to eight. Parental supervision is required.

Mount Vernon will be offering a special edition of its popular National Treasure Tour, from January 14 to January 25 at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.   The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time. This special tour is limited to 25 visitors per time slot and costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.

January is also the 250th wedding anniversary of George and Martha Washington, and on display January 12 - February 23 are Mrs. Washington's wedding slippers, which have not been exhibited at Mount Vernon in over 30 years and due to their fragile condition will not be on display for many years to come. “Mrs. Washington” will recount her happiest days of marriage during a special free performance in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium every Saturday and Sunday in January at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

All activities and exhibitions – including 25 new galleries and theater experiences – are included in regular admission: $15 for adults; $7 for youth ages 6-11; and free for children five and younger with the exception of the “Mrs. Washington’s” performance (FREE) and the National Treasure Tour ($5 addition to admission).


Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.
Public Information:
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