George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers a variety of educational experiences for students of all grade levels. In addition to touring Washington’s iconic Mansion, student admission to Mount Vernon also includes access to the Pioneer Farm (seasonal), Blacksmith Shop, Ford Orientation Center, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. The Education Center, which was specifically designed for students, features 23 interactive galleries and theaters (including a special-effects movie, dynamic graphic displays, surround-sound audio programs, and the most life-like models of Washington ever created).
Imagine dining with Martha Washington, Washington’s granddaughter Nelly Custis, Washington’s friend and personal physician Dr. Craik, Washington’s farm manager James Anderson, or another character from Washington’s world. Invite one of our talented Character Interpreters to greet your group while you dine at the Mount Vernon Inn.
For the ultimate learning experience, give your group their own private tour. This opportunity is offered exclusively to groups of 20 or more and can be tailored to an adult or student audience.
Step back in time as you tour Washington’s Estate! In this new program, groups will follow a lively character from Washington’s world as he or she goes about their daily activities, making several stops along the way. Guests will learn firsthand about life on the estate and what this reveals about George Washington and the 18th century.
Come aboard the Spirit of Mount Vernon or Miss Christin for a one-of-a-kind experience. Your group will not only learn about the Potomac River, but also how Washington relied on this historic body of water for his livelihood and transportation.
George Washington erected a large stone gristmill in 1771 to increase production of flour and cornmeal and to be able to export high quality flour to the West Indies, England, and Europe. In 1797, Washington's Scottish farm manager James Anderson encouraged him to build a whiskey distillery adjacent to the gristmill. The distillery was the largest in America, producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey in 1799, making it one of the most successful economic enterprises at Mount Vernon.