Located on the banks of the Potomac near the wharf, the four-acre Pioneer Farm site explores George Washington’s role as visionary farmer.

The 16-sided barn at the Pioneer Farm (MVLA)Washington used Mount Vernon as a laboratory for testing and implementing progressive farming practices and the Pioneer Farm represents the more than 3,000 acres he cultivated during the second half of the 18th century. It also offers visitors a chance to learn more about the lives of the enslaved workers who put Washington’s agrarian ideas into practice.

Visit the Pioneer Farm

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.

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“I shall always be happy to give and receive communications on improvement in farming and the various branches of agriculture. This in my opinion, an object of infinite importance to the country. I consider it to be the proper source of American wealth and happiness.”

George Washington to Theodorick Bland, August 15, 1786

Live Demonstrations

The Pioneer Farm is most active from April to October, visitors can see horses tread the 16-sided treading barn and other agricultural demonstration such as hoeing the fields, cracking corn, field plowing, and winnowing wheat.  

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3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121