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The Home of the First President Holds Special Inauguration Activities

Thu, 12/20/2012

For Immediate Release
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Media Contact:
Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
mwood@mountvernon.org

The Home of the First President Holds Special Inauguration Activities

January 18 - 21

MOUNT VERNON, VA – George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, offers special activities in honor of the 44th presidential inauguration. From January 18 through January 21, children are invited to participate in a “George Washington Presidential Scavenger Hunt”!  Explore Washington’s Estate looking for clues that will lead to a special prize (while supplies last). Mount Vernon will give the 44th visitor through the gate a special gift from January 18 through January 21.

While at Mount Vernon, take the oath of office! View a replica of the first presidential inauguration with a life-size figure of Washington taking the oath of office. Visitors have a chance to “step into Washington’s shoes” by placing their hand on a reproduction of the Bible upon which Washington took the oath of office. Visitors recite the presidential oath and, upon completion, lift their hand to hear the roar of a cheering crowd!

Visitors of all ages can experience a unique piece of history now on display in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum - George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress.  This rare volume garnered world-wide attention this summer when it was offered for sale and broke auction world records for an American historical document. The remarkably well-preserved book includes Washington’s copy of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress, complete with his personal annotations. The Acts of Congress will remain on display through February 18, 2013.

All of activities are included in Estate admission: adults, $17; children ages 6-11, $8; and children under 5 are free. Please visit MountVernon.org for more information and to plan a visit.

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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, 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, $17.00; senior citizens, $16.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $8.00; and children under age 5, FREE.  Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.