Today at Mount Vernon

Friday February 27, 2015

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Story Time in Hands-on-History

Learn about a time in George Washington's life when his honesty helped someone else through our featured story, George Washington and the General's Dog, written by Frank Murphy.

For children ages 3-8, accompanied by an adult.

Please note, this area is intended for families, school groups are encouraged to call 703.799.8602 for reservation inquiries.

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The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon Tour

Mansion Circle

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.

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Signature Tour

Mansion Circle

Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

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Meet "Martha Washington"

Interpretive Center

Drop in and exchange greetings with our nation's first "First Lady."

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Special Tribute at the Slave Memorial

The Slave Memorial

Commemorate the community of the enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon during a special wreath-laying presentation.

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Tribute at the Tomb

Honor George Washington by participating in a brief wreath-laying ceremony.

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Special Children's Activities

Help us celebrate the month by making tricorn hats, epaulettes, and birthday cards for George Washington!

Recommended for children ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult. Parents are encouraged to join the fun!  Included in admission. Space and supplies are limited.

Please note, this area is intended for families, school groups are encouraged to call 703.799.8602 for reservation inquiries.

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Meet "Christopher Sheels"

Greenhouse

Talk about life with the General, from the viewpoint of his personal servant.

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Meet People from Washington's World

Greenhouse

Talk with people who knew him best and gain a new perspective on the General.

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Specialty Tour tickets are available in the Ford Orientation Center. Programming subject to change. Printed copies of daily programs are available upon arrival in the Ford Orientation Center.

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