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Historic Mount Vernon Sparkles with Holiday Cheer During Candlelight Tours

Sun, 10/31/2010

Nov. 26-28, Dec. 4 & 5, Dec. 11 & 12, and Dec. 18 &19
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
mwood@mountvernon.org

Historic Mount Vernon Sparkles with Holiday Cheer During Candlelight Tours

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Join “Mrs. Washington” as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours, fireside caroling, and hot cider and ginger cookies. Tours include dancing, merry music, and characters from Washingtons’ world guiding visitors through the first and second floors of the home, adding ambiance and authenticity to a traditional Christmas evening at Mount Vernon. By popular demand, an additional weekend has been added this year. The event takes place on November 26, 27 & 28 (Friday - Sunday), December 4 & 5 (Saturday - Sunday only), December 11 & 12 (Saturday - Sunday only), December 18 & 19 (Saturday - Sunday only) from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Starting November 1, tickets may be purchased in advance at the Ford Orientation Center (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily), or through MountVernon.org. Admission is $20 for adults and $14 for children under 12.

Visitors will also meet a cast of friends and family of the famous founding couple. In the kitchen, the final stop on the tour, guests will hear about 18th-century holiday cooking, see Martha Washington’s Great Cake, and be given a complimentary copy of the recipe to try at home.  Following the Mansion tour, guests are invited to stroll candlelit walks, join in fireside caroling, and enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies.

The Food Court at Mount Vernon is open during Candlelight Tours for fresh and convenient meals and special holiday treats. The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, with its early-American fare and colonial servers, offers the perfect complement to the Mount

Vernon by Candlelight program. Reservations are suggested for this popular dining experience.

The Shops at Mount Vernon are open late during Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Twelve themed departments, including The Christmas Corner, abound with a broad selection of unique gift items including holiday ornaments, estate jewelry, and an exceptional selection of gifts for children.

The Shops, normally open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, are open until 9:30 p.m. during Mount Vernon by Candlelight.  No admission is required to shop.  Mount Vernon’s Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center will be closed during this evening event.

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Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.

Public Information: 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); www.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.