The National Treasure Tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" at Mount Vernon. This popular tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington's time. Included in this approximately hour-long specialty tour is the Mansion's basement and cornerstone, the setting for a pivotal scene. Fans of the movie will recognize the space as the location where Nicolas Cage's character kidnaps the president.
All dogs and their two-legged friends are invited to explore the Estate through a new guided specialty tour devoted to dogs! This special tour covers 1.25 miles of Mount Vernon terrain stopping at five historic locations, including the West Gate. Learn about canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president’s dogs to the dogs that live at Mount Vernon today.All The President's Pups walking tour costs $5 in addition to estate admission for humans. Admission for dogs is free. All dogs must be leashed with their owner at all times.
Visitors can witness Washington’s innovative treading process, learning first-hand how Washington separated grain from straw. Costumed staff will lead Mount Vernon’s horses as they tread wheat in the 16-sided barn.
This 60-minute guided tour examines Washington's brilliant design for the grounds at Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees that are still standing, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home.
Blessed with a proverbial green thumb, George Washington was the driving force behind the design of four separate gardens covering more than six acres that surround his home. Learn more about the gardens’ many purposes, from testing new varieties of plants to producing vegetables and fruit to providing lavish floral displays. Discover more about the enslaved and indentured servants who cared for Mount Vernon’s gardens.
Step back in time for an immersive experience. Join people from Washington's world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way. This special tour costs $5 per tour in addition to estate admission.
This 60-minute guided specialty tour highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved people who built and operated Mount Vernon. In 1799, more than 300 slaves lived and worked on the five farms which made up Washington’s 8,000-acre plantation. Some of the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon were skilled in trades such as carpentry, masonry, and blacksmithing. House slaves included cooks, butlers, and personal valets and maids. Listen to their stories and learn more about their daily life at Mount Vernon. Visit the refurbished slave quarters and view reproduction clothing, tools, furniture, cookware, ceramics, toys, and personal accessories that demonstrate the living conditions and experiences of enslaved people on the Mansion House Farm.
Please join authors Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie for a signing of their book, Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest, in the Vaughn Lobby, near the gift shop. Admission is not required to enter the gift shop.
Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest gives the reader a photographic journey of American bald eagles during nesting season. Through 160 breathtaking images captured in eagles' natural habitats, this factual account offers a rare glimpse into the behaviors and activities of America's national symbol as it prepares a nest, mates, lays eggs, and raises its young. Travel with adult eagles as they gather nest materials, forage for prey, and ward off intruders into their territory. Inside the nest, observe how eaglets grow from hatchlings into fledglings, and experience first flight. Included are tips for observing eagles and a glossary of terms.
During this one-hour tour, visit the rarely seen Mansion basement and wander the historic area to learn of the heroics of the estate’s caretakers during the Civil War, and the robust efforts of many over the century and a half that followed.