1893

Here is how his visit was recalled by Harrison Howell Dodge:

“In 1893 we were visited by the Grand Duke Alexander of Russia. As I [Harrison Howell Dodge] was walking with him about the grounds he said, “Where might I see the Ock.” I was puzzled by the word and asked him to spell it. “I think,” he replied, “it is o-a-k. It is a tree from which acorns were planted in the Peterhof Palace grounds. We now have there as a result, a handsome tree we call the Washington Oak.”

“I then remembered that a brother of Charles Sumner, when visiting Mount Vernon just prior to his departure for Saint Petersburg, had taken a few acorns from under the large oak which then grew at the Tomb. Shortly after arrival in the Russian capital he obtained permission to plant them in the palace grounds.”

Buy Tickets What to See Calendar Shop Restaurant Donate Membership
Estate Hours

Open today from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

iconDirections & Parking
buy tickets online & save