Today at Mount Vernon

Thursday May 7, 2015

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Mount Vernon Historic Plant and Garden Sale

Garden like the General! Historic Plant and Garden Sale, Mount Vernon’s annual outdoor garden and gift sale, offers a wide array of garden-themed merchandise including tools, gifts, and decorations.

During the Historic Plant and Garden Sale, historic trees, shrubs and plants as well as a wide variety of annuals, perennials, heirloom tomatoes and herbs will be available for purchase. Spectacular hanging baskets, grown at Mount Vernon, will be available in limited numbers. In the gardening tent, you will find books, tools, seeds and decorative items perfect for that special garden enthusiast.

The Historic Plant and Garden Sale tent is located just outside the main gift shop in the Mount Vernon Inn Complex from April 25-May 25.

Chat with a member of the Mount Vernon horticulture staff during our historic plant and garden sale from 1pm-2pm on the following dates: April 25-26, April 29-May 3, May 6-10, May 13-17, May 20-25. Ask plant questions and learn how Mount Vernon's staff keeps the gardens and landscape beautiful!

Learn about Mount Vernon's gardens and its seeds here.

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National Treasure Tour

Mansion Circle

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.

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Tribute at the Tomb

The New Tomb

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

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Gardens & Groves Tour

Mansion Circle

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.

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Story Time in Hands-on-History

Martha Washington was famous for her cross-stitched cushions, but Abbie would rather read a book than stitch her sampler. Please join us for a book reading of Abbie in Stitches, written by Cynthia Cotten.

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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Sightseeing Cruise on the Potomac

Wharf

See Mount Vernon from a unique perspective on this narrated sightseeing Potomac River cruise.

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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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George Washington Pioneer Farmer

Pioneer Farm

See 18th-century field work demonstrations while discussing Washington's innovative farming techniques.

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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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Special Children's Activities

Join us for a touch of spring while we focus our attention on the Painted Lady caterpillars as they hatch into beautiful butterflies! Everyone is invited to make their own butterfly sun-catcher and learn to cross-stitch just like Abbie in our featured Story Time book, Abbie in Stitches.

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 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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