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.
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 person in addition to estate admission.
Join the Mount Vernon staff and volunteers at the Discovery Station to learn about George Washington's experience when sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon came to Mount Vernon in 1785 to create the sculpture that would best represent what Washington truly looked like according to his family in comparison to Washington's portraits.
Activities will include: puzzles and games about Houdon and his art; Houdon's sculptures of George Washington; the value of the life mask made by Houdon; to experience sculpting clay and sculpting tools; and, to learn the history of the Houdon Bust over the past 200 years which includes the conservation of the bust at Mount Vernon in 1998.
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.
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.