Director of Public Affairs
Special Winter Activities and Events
MOUNT VERNON, VA – George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers a special month of activities at the home of the first president! Take tea with “Martha Washington” or learn about the decorative arts of Mount Vernon through a new tour. Listen to a free book talk at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Experience “snow” in Mount Vernon’s Revolutionary War Theater. For more information, please visit mountvernon.org.
Tea with Lady Washington
Saturdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, and February 7. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join Lady Washington for tea as you discuss the news of the day! Listen to her stories about life at Mount Vernon while enjoying a selection of lite fare prepared by the Mount Vernon Inn. Following tea, enjoy a self-guided exploration of the estate and decorative arts found in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Tickets: $30 for adults, $20 for youth (12 and under), includes tea, lite fare, and general estate admission.
Beer Dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn
Friday, January 23, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Learn more about how beer was brewed and enjoyed in early America at this event co-hosted by Old Ox Brewing Company. Guests will enjoy a reception, beer tasting and a four-course menu paired with specialty beers by the Mount Vernon Inn with commentary by knowledgeable staff. Old Ox Brewing Company is a family owned and operated commercial brewery located in Loudoun County. Tickets: $100 per person (includes tax & gratuity).
The Taste & Style of George Washington
Friday-Sunday, January 8 - February 8 (no tour January 17 and 18)
Mount Vernon’s first fine arts tour offers guests the chance to appreciate a lesser known quality of George Washington – his keen eye! He understood that certain objects denoted gentility, sophistication, enlightenment, and wealth. This tour, which includes the Mansion as well as the museum, explores Washington's tastes and his selection of decorative fine arts for his home! A portion of the available tickets are offered in advance. Tickets: This tour is included in admission, however you must register for a tour ticket online or at the ticket window. Limited capacity.
Ford Evening Book Talk
January 8, 7 p.m.
Mount Vernon welcomes author Turk McCleskey to the Rubenstein Leadership Hall at the Fred W. Smith National Library to discuss his book, “The Road to Black Ned's Forge: A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier,” on January 8. This event is free, however registration is required. Please visit mountvernon.org for more details.
Daily through February 12 (no tour January 17- January 19)
During your guided exploration tour of the Mansion, visit areas not normally open to guests, including the basement and the third floor where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799! Tickets: $5/per person in addition to general admission. Hours vary. Please visit mountvernon.org for more details.
About George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Since 1860, more than 85 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon the most popular historic home in America. A privately-owned national treasure, Mount Vernon is maintained and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Since purchasing the estate from the Washington family and assuming stewardship in 1858, the Association has embraced a heroic mission to preserve, protect, and maintain the estate for the American people, relying exclusively on private donations, admission fees, and restaurant and retail proceeds. Through robust education and outreach programs, the Association expands awareness about the exceptional life and character of George Washington, sustaining his legacy through research, interpretation, and public education. In experiences on the estate and through its digital outreach platforms, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”
With its latest initiative, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon is affirming its status as the preeminent center of learning about George Washington, his life, character of leadership, and legacy. In addition to safeguarding original books and manuscripts, the Library serves as a center for leadership, where scholars, influencers, and other luminaries come together to talk about the past as well as the future, inspired by Washington’s extraordinary life, achievements, and character.