Today at Mount Vernon

Friday July 31, 2015

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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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Fiber Demonstrations Down on the Farm

Pioneer Farm

See spinning, weaving, and fiber processing demonstrations while discussing Washington's textile industry at Mount Vernon.

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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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Music of the Revolution

Bowling Green

Join our resident fifer for a musical demonstration and discussion of fife & drum music, and its importance during the American Revolution!

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Wheat-Treading Demonstration

16-Sided Barn

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.

Immediately following the treading, join us for a hands-on opportunity to process wheat using riddling and winnowing baskets to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Please note: Guests with wheat allergies or respiratory conditions may wish to remain outside the 16-sided barn during this demonstration.

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Story Time in Hands-on-History

George Washington and the General’s Dog, is a delightful way for children to learn about George Washington and his act of kindness in rescuing General Howe’s pet.

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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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.

With an enduring love of agriculture, 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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Sightseeing Cruise on the Potomac

Wharf

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

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Mount Vernon Films

Beat the heat as you enjoy a selection of 4 movie presentations in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium, showing at:

12:00, 2:00, 4:00    The Winter Patriots

12:30, 2:30, 4:30    Yorktown: Now or Never

1:00, 3:00               Saving Mount Vernon (History of Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)

1:30, 3:30               Mount Vernon in Virginia (A 1950s vintage tour of Mount Vernon) 

Included in general admission.

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Special Children's Activities

Everyone is invited to sew the flag together, as we celebrate the first “Stars and Stripes” flag, originally created in 1777.   Tricorn hats will be made also.

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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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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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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Mansion 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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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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