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November 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

MOUNT VERNON, VA – Discover the sporting side of George Washington during Mount Vernon new event, Horses & Hounds! Watch a simulated fox hunt demonstration on the estate. Unlike in Washington’s time, no foxes will be hurt during this demonstration. During the fox hunt, learn about the sport of foxhunting and why Washington was known as the greatest horseman of his age. Observe a cavalry demonstration before meeting the horse and hound breeds that Washington loved so much. Learn about the role that animals played in the American Revolution and even meet Nelson, a horse similar to Washington’s beloved warhorse!

Visit the estate’s modern livestock facilities for a chance to meet the horses, dogs, chickens, sheep, pigs, and cattle that call Mount Vernon home (free ticket required). Join Mount Vernon’s curators as they highlight objects from the collection related to hunting and fishing in the 18th century. Close the day by watching The Washington Cup, where horses and riders compete in series of judged skill competitions. The winner will be awarded the coveted Washington Cup!

This event is included in general admission. For more information, please visit


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