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George Washington's Home Launches New Food Walking Tour

Wed, 02/01/2012

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2012
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George Washington's Home Launches New Food Walking Tour

Smell the Produce from Washington’s Garden, Taste a Sample, and Tour the Basement Cellar

Mount Vernon, VA – Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV dinners.  The one-hour walking tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the basement cellar. The tour concludes in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a toast to Washington and a sample of food based on an 18th century recipe.

In honor of the centennial anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, visitors who participate in the Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour will receive a taste of cherry punch, adapted from Martha Washington’s recipe, through April 22.

This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to Estate admission.  Dinner for the Washingtons is offered at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only beginning March 31 through October 28. Tickets are available online at or in person at the Ford Orientation Center. This tour is limited in capacity.

After completing the Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour, visitors are encouraged to visit Mount Vernon’s new exhibition featuring more than 125 objects in the Washington’s kitchen, Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum.  Among the highlights are the Washingtons’ dinner bell, heart-shaped waffle iron, a vente-sized mug of Chinese porcelain, coffee mill, three-foot olive jar, presidential dinner invitations and other kitchen items.


About Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens
Since 1860, more than 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & 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. For more information about Mount Vernon, please visit