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.
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.
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.
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.
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!