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Start a new family Thanksgiving tradition with a visit to Mount Vernon. Tour the Mansion, see the grounds, and meet Mount Vernon's special holiday guests Aladdin the Camel and the presidentially-pardoned National Thanksgiving Turkey.

The Father of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a treasured holiday started—unbeknownst to most Americans—by George Washington.

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Thanksgiving Proclamation

Learn more about George Washington's proclamation, issued October 3, 1789, which designated Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks.

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Turkey Traditions

Although the birds we see today are very different from the breeds known in 18th-century America, turkeys were frequently found on the table at Mount Vernon in George Washington’s lifetime.

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The Christmas Camel

Learn more about the original camel George Washington brought to Mount Vernon in Christmas of 1787. And be sure to stop by and visit Aladdin the Christmas camel this holiday season.

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Holiday Recipes

Follow these modern adaptations of 18th-century recipes, some of which were originally found in Martha Washington's cookbook.

Apple Pie
Great Cake
Lafayette Gingerbread with Fairy Butter
A Ragoo of Oysters
Yorkshire Christmas Pie
Cherry Bounce

Mount Vernon is open 365 days a year, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Admission is included with general admission tickets.

National Thanksgiving Turkeys

Immediately following President Obama’s “pardon” of the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, will arrive at Mount Vernon on November 27. The turkeys will be on display for visitors November 28 through January 6.

Dinner with the Washingtons

Vivid photography and engaging essays shed fresh light on the daily lives of George and Martha Washington, on their ceaseless stream of household guests and those who served them, and on the ways food and drink reflected the culture of 18th-century America.

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