For Immediate Release
March 2, 2010
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
MOUNT VERNON, Va. – Historic Mount Vernon begins its summer schedule on April 1 by welcoming visitors an hour earlier, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., making it one of the few early-opening attractions in the Washington, D.C. area. For visitors looking to save a few “Washingtons” this year, Mount Vernon is offering special money-saving admission packages April 1 through October 31.
In addition to extended hours, April 1 marks the seasonal opening of the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill. Potomac River sightseeing cruises, special walking tours on slave life and gardens, and a daily tribute at the tomb of George and Martha Washington also begin on the first of April. All activities at Mount Vernon are included in admission with the exception of the Distillery & Gristmill and sightseeing cruises, which require an additional fee. Go to Visit.MountVernon.org for more information.
Three money-saving admission packages will be available beginning April 1 through October 31: The Farmer ($17/adult, $8.50/youth), The Commander ($21/adult, $12/youth), and The President ($28/adult, $16/youth). Regular admission to the Estate is $15 for adults; $7 for youth ages 6-11; and free for children five and younger.
Throughout the month of April, Mount Vernon offers free wagon rides to visitors! Visit the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the month of April from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to ride in a wagon pulled by Mount Vernon's livestock.
Daily tours of slave life and gardens enrich the visitor experience by providing in-depth knowledge of these fascinating subjects during 30-minute guided walking tours. Slave Life at Mount Vernon explores the lives and contributions of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon at 11:00 a.m. The Garden and Landscape Tour highlights Washington’s creative design for his gardens at 2:00 p.m.
At George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, demonstrations by costumed distillers take visitors through the historic process of whiskey-making in this reconstruction of the largest 18th-century distillery in America. George Washington’s Distillery is adjacent to his reconstructed Gristmill, a water-powered mill where Colonial millers grind corn into meal and wheat into flour just as it was done more than 200 years ago. George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill are located three miles from the Mount Vernon Estate on Route 235. Open daily from April to October, 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Admission to the site is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under. Go to Visit.MountVernon.org for more information.
Potomac River sightseeing cruises offer a refreshing opportunity to explore Mount Vernon from a different view with a 40-minute narrated excursion aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon or Miss Christin Tuesday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tickets for sightseeing cruises are $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (6-11) in addition to Estate admission. Children ages 5 and under are free. Go to Visit.MountVernon.org for sightseeing cruise schedules.
At the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site, visitors can tour the re-created 16-sided barn George Washington designed. This four-acre site features rare-breed farm animals (oxen, mules, roosters, sheep, and chickens) similar to the varieties Washington had at his farms. The cultivated area includes eight fields, and illustrates Washington's advanced farming practices and crop rotation scheme.
During Mount Vernon’s Tribute at the Tomb, visitors recite Washington’s “Prayer for his Country” and the Pledge of Allegiance as part of this daily tribute offered at the tomb of George and Martha Washington at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Events, programs, and activities are subject to change.
Public Information: 703-780-2000; 703-799-8697 (TDD); http://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.