Learn about life at Mount Vernon from a character portraying someone who lived and worked here in Washington's time.

Students have the opportunity to learn from a person who lived in Washington's world with a character tour specially designed for students. Contact the group reservations office for dates and times, advance registration and an additional fee is required. Student groups can choose from the characters listed below, availability is subject to change.

"Washy" Custis

Recommended for grades K-12.

Martha Washington's grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, invites you to enjoy some of his favorite spots at Mount Vernon, where he grew up. Tour the historic area, including the gardens, greenhouse, and stables, and finish your tour on the piazza overlooking the Potomac River.

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Patty Peter

Recommended for grades K-12.

Martha Washington's second-eldest granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, was the only one of the grandchildren who was born at Mount Vernon. Join her as she shows you around the estate and discusses the activities she enjoys during her visits with her grandparents.

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James Anderson

Recommended for grades K-12.

Tour the historic area with George Washington's farm manager, James Anderson, as he goes through his daily responsibilities. Visit locations along the south lane and meet farm animals as you learn about George Washington's farming practices.

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Christopher Sheels

Recommended for grades 4-12.

Tour with George Washington's enslaved valet as he discusses his daily duties and George Washington. Visit areas on the estate where the enslaved community lived and worked, including the north and south lanes and the greenhouse slave quarters.

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Caroline Branham

Recommended for grades 4-12.

Explore areas around the Mansion with Caroline Branham, an enslaved housemaid and seamstress. Listen as Caroline details her work in the Mansion, which includes lighting the fire in the Washingtons' bedchamber each morning. Caroline also discusses her life with her husband and six children.

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Tobias Lear

Recommended for grades 4-12.

Tour the estate with Tobias Lear, George Washington's personal secretary and tutor to Mrs. Washington's grandchildren. While learning about Lear's work for General Washington, you may also acquire knowledge about 18th-century manners and customs.

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