The Mansion house features original furnishings, items owned by the Washington family, 18th-century objects, and a small number of reproductions. The Mansion is depicted as it was in 1799, the last year of George Washington's life. Vibrant wall colors, reconstructed after careful paint analysis, demonstrate the Washingtons’ wealth and sense of fashion.
In designing his estate, Washington organized the outbuildings, lanes and gardens in a way that reflects both the practical and aesthetic sides of his nature. From the north to the south are situated the outbuildings, or "dependencies," where the work of the plantation took place. Today, more than a dozen outbuildings are open, including a working blacksmith shop with daily demonstrations.