Today at Mount Vernon

Thursday December 14, 2017

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Christmas at Mount Vernon

The holidays are full of delight at George Washington’s estate. During the day, tour the Mansion, watch historic chocolate-making demonstrations, and meet Aladdin the Camel. We're open every day of the year, including Christmas Day and New Years. So bring the entire family to the home of George and Martha Washington this holiday season.

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Aladdin the Camel

12-Acre Field

In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. Come see our Christmas camel, Aladdin!

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Premium Mansion Tour

Mansion

Go behind-the-scenes for an in-depth, guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor and the basement! Discover how George Washington expanded, decorated, and furnished his home over the years in this hour-long exclusive tour.

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Story Time in Hands-on-History

Young listeners are invited to hear vibrant tales of George Washington while learning more about our nation's first president. 

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National Treasure Tour

Mansion Circle

Go behind-the-scenes 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 information on how the locations were used during Washington's time. 

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Camel Chats

During this free 30-minute program, James Anderson and other characters tell stories about Washington's interest in exotic animals and share facts about camels.

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The Death and Mourning of General George Washington Tour

Mansion Circle

Explore the events leading up to Washington’s death and learn about the people who played a key part in trying to keep Washington alive. Listen to Dr. James Craik, Washington's physician and friend for 40 years, share his role in the attempts to cure Washington. After viewing Washington’s deathbed in the Mansion, look inside the Old Tomb where Washington was originally interred in 1799. The tour will conclude with a wreath-laying to honor our nation's first president at his final resting place.

On Thursday, December 14, visit the Interpretive Center and offer condolences to Mrs. Washington.

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Hands-on-History

Hands-on-History

Young children learn American history through games, puzzles, and other fun hands-on activities. 

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Tribute at the Tomb

Pay your respect to George Washington by participating in a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the Washingtons' Tomb.

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Chocolate Making Demonstration

Vaughan Lobby

Listen to our costumed interpreters as they take you through each step of the chocolate making process—from cacao seed to chocolate mills— and learn more about the preparation of hot chocolate and chocolate tea at Mount Vernon.

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Children's Afternoon Activity Time

Hands-on-History

Mount Vernon's youngest visitors are invited to participate in hands-on-activities and play games while learning about the Father of our Country!

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Holiday Entertainments

Greenhouse

Hear costumed friends and family of the Washingtons tell charming stories of Christmas traditions of the past.

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Holiday Fifing

Join our resident fifer for a musical demonstration and discussion of 18th-century holiday music! 

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Greet Lady Washington!

Interpretive Center

Experience the warm Washington hospitality and exchange greetings with our nation’s first First Lady. Photographs welcome.

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Chocolate Toast

Celebrate the holidays with a taste of our 18th-century style chocolate drink, a Washington family favorite!

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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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