The Mansion

After the death of his older half-brother, Lawrence, in 1752, George Washington took up residence at the house that his father, Augustine Washington, had built in 1735. Over the next five decades, Washington expanded the house to create an impressive 21-room mansion with vibrant wall colors, intricate architectural details, and elegant furnishings. The interiors have been meticulously restored to their appearance in 1799. Walk through the first and second floors, where history interpreters share more information about the house and its residents.

Visit time: 15-35 minutes, depending on the number of guests each day. Timed tickets are issued first come, first served upon arrival. Or, select your preferred tour time by purchasing tickets in advance. 

The Mount Vernon Mansion

Mansion Outbuildings

In Washington's time, many of the Mansion’s essential operations—such as laundry, spinning, and meat curing—were performed in outbuildings located near the Mansion. Explore more than a dozen of these small structures, including a working blacksmith shop with daily demonstrations.

Visit time: 30 minutes.

Outbuildings at Mount Vernon

Gardens and Grounds

George Washington's design for his estate included four separate gardens covering more than six acres. The gardens served many purposes, from testing new varieties of plants to producing vegetables and fruit to providing floral displays. In addition to visiting the gardens, explore the wooded landscape on the quarter-mile-long forest trail.

Visit time: 30 minutes (gardens); 15 minutes (forest trail—includes steep and uneven gravel paths).

Gardens at Mount Vernon

Heritage Breed Animals

Washington bred livestock to work the land and to provide wool, leather, meat, milk, butter, and perhaps most importantly—fertilizer. Today, guests will find many of the same breeds raised in Washington’s time, including Ossabaw Island Hogs, Hog Island Sheep, Bronze Gobbler Turkeys, Dominique Chickens, and Red Devon Cattle. Mount Vernon is also home to horses, mules, and oxen.

Visit time: 15 minutes.

Mount Vernon's Animals

Tomb

George Washington died in the Mansion’s master bedchamber on December 14, 1799. His will directed that he be buried on his beloved estate. He also chose a site for a new brick tomb to replace the original burial vault, which was deteriorating. The New Tomb was completed in 1831, and the remains of Washington, his wife, Martha, and other family members were moved there.

Visit time: 15 minutes.

The Tombs at Mount Vernon

Slave Memorial and Burial Ground

Located 50 yards from the Tomb, this memorial sits on the site of the cemetery for slaves and free blacks who worked at Mount Vernon during the 1700s and early to mid 1800s. Because the graves were unmarked, the identities and numbers of those buried there are largely unknown. You can reflect on the contributions of the enslaved while viewing the memorial, which was dedicated in 1983.

Visit time: 15 minutes.

The Slave Memorial

Pioneer Farm

Although we honor Washington as a military commander and this nation's first President, he saw himself first and foremost as a farmer. He experimented with crop rotation, fertilizers, plowing practices, and more. Tour the four-acre farm, whose highlights include a replica of Washington’s 16-sided treading barn and a reconstructed slave cabin. Open April to October.

Visit time: 45 minutes. Shuttle service offered between the Pioneer Farm and the Museum and Education Center, April to October.

The Pioneer Farm

The Wharf and Potomac River

Washington’s fishery was one of his most successful business ventures. In one season alone, the operation pulled more than one million shad and herring from the Potomac River. A modern reconstruction of Washington's wharf is located adjacent to the Pioneer Farm.

Visitors can travel to Mount Vernon via boats departing from Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Va., and National Harbor, Md., or enjoy a 45-minute sightseeing cruise. Cruises are offered April to October (tickets available online, at the Orientation Center and aboard the boat).

Visit time: 15 minutes. Shuttle service offered between the Pioneer Farm and the Museum and Education Center, April to October.

Visit Mount Vernon by Boat

Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center

The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center offers a range of experiences. The Education Center traces Washington’s life story through state-of-the-art gallery displays, History Channel videos, and a multimedia theater where it actually snows! Learn about Washington’s childhood hardships, his adventures on the American frontier, his heroic leadership of the Continental Army, and his precedent-setting role as the nation’s first president. Accessible from the Education Center, the Hands-on-History Center offers engaging activities for guests ages 3 to 8.

Adjacent to the Education Center, the Museum displays more than 500 objects in seven galleries. Gain insight into George and Martha Washington’s tastes, style, and personalities by looking at their personal possessions. The F. M. Kirby Foundation Gallery offers temporary exhibitions, which generally change every one to two years.

Visit time: 45-60 minutes (Education Center); 30-45 minutes (Museum).

Museum & Education Center

George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill

Washington had a large stone gristmill built in 1770 and 1771 to increase his production of flour and cornmeal and thus increase his export of these products to the West Indies, England, and Europe. In 1797 his Scottish farm manager, James Anderson, encouraged him to build a distillery next to the gristmill. The distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons of rye whiskey and other products in 1799, making it one of the most successful operations of its kind in America. Fully functioning reconstructions of both buildings are located 2.7 miles from the estate’s main entrance. Entrance is included in general admission and parking is available on site.

Visit time: 60 minutes. Open April-October from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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The Shops at Mount Vernon

The Shops at Mount Vernon offer unique gifts, reproductions of Mount Vernon treasures, and colonial toys and games. Guidebooks, umbrellas, cameras, and other items to facilitate your tour are available at the General’s Store in the Ford Orientation Center. The Lady Washington Shop, located in the greenhouse slave quarters and next to the upper garden, has an assortment of gifts, heirloom plants, and seeds. The largest of The Shops is in the Mount Vernon Inn Complex. It features the world’s most comprehensive George Washington-themed bookstore, a year-round Christmas corner, fine jewelry, and a large selection of Virginia foods and wines, plus toys, t-shirts, and other souvenirs.

All sales proceeds directly support Mount Vernon’s operations and mission, which is to preserve the estate while educating the public about the life and legacy of George Washington.

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Things to do with Kids

Mount Vernon is a perfect destination for families.  Our working farm and historical interpreters will make your family feel like they have stepped back into the 18th century.

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