For Immediate Release
March 17, 2011
Digital images available
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
The arrival of spring also marks the return of seasonal favorites, including George Washington: Pioneer Farm site and George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, which reopen April 1. Potomac River sightseeing cruises, special walking tours focusing on slave life and gardens, and a daily tribute at the tomb of George and Martha Washington also resume on April 1.
As one of the few early-opening attractions in the Washington, D.C. area, Mount Vernon will open its doors at 8:00 a.m. daily, giving visitors an extra hour to explore the Estate. For visitors looking to save a few “Washingtons,” Mount Vernon is also bringing back its special money-saving and value-added admission packages featuring audio tours, river cruises and more.
Regular admission to the Estate is $15 for adults; $7 for youth ages 6-11; and free for children five and younger.
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, $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.