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

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 some 100 Mount Vernon field slaves who put Washington’s agrarian ideas into practice. 

“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

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