Mount Vernon Offers Free Specialty Tours through Labor Day
MOUNT VERNON, VA – Visitors to George Washington’s Mount Vernon can make the most of their visit from August 18-September 3 with free specialty tours. These in-depth experiences with knowledgeable guides offer a behind-the-scenes look at the first president’s estate.
Special tours available for free with general admission purchase or membership include:
The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon Tour explores the lives and contributions of the enslaved community who built and operated Mount Vernon. In 1799, more than 300 enslaved people lived and worked on the five farms that made up Washington’s plantation. Listen to their stories and learn more about their daily life. Visit the slave quarters and view reproduction clothing, tools, furniture, cookware, ceramics, toys, and personal accessories that represent their experiences. Offered daily.
Mount Vernon’s popular National Treasure Tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets” at Mount Vernon. The National Treasure Tour combines Hollywood and history, giving visitors stories about the filming and also information on how the locations were used during George Washington’s time. Offered daily.
The Gardens & Groves Tour examines Washington’s brilliant design for the grounds at Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he envisioned, see some of the original trees that are still standing, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home. Offered daily.
The Through My Eyes Character Tour uses actors portraying characters such as Washington's granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager to guide you across the estate as they go about their daily activities, making several stops along the way. Offered Saturday and Sunday.
This free specialty tour offer is available exclusively online from August 18 through Labor Day by using the promo code TOUR2018 at check out.
While on the estate, guests can also take part in many other free activities that are also included with general admission, such as Be Washington, a new first-person interactive theater; Lives Bound Together, a special exhibition exploring slavery at Mount Vernon; plus performances by people from Washington’s world, and more.
For more details and to redeem this offer, please visit mountvernon.org/freetours.