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The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association invites you to join us in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Southern Maine to explore the places George Washington visited, the people he met, and the unique history of this New England City.REGISTRATION FORMCost• $3,000 per person based on double occupancy• $3,600 per person if not sharing a room



Portsmouth, New Hampshire and South Maine

About the Trip

Soon after he became President of the United States, George Washington embarked on a tour of the northern states of the Union. In November 1789, he visited Portsmouth, New Hampshire for four days, meeting with citizens and learning about the area’s economy. Portsmouth is a port city strategically located on the Piscataqua River. Known for its maritime trades of fishing, shipbuilding, and shipping lumber, it was then one of the largest and most important cities in the United States. Today, Portsmouth retains many of the sites and much of the character of the city Washington knew.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the city with a special focus on the places George Washington visited, the people he met, and the unique history of this New England city. The tour begins with dinner on Saturday, September 14th with a welcome dinner, followed by two full days of touring. The tour concludes on Tuesday, September 17th after breakfast. The tour will focus on the city of Portsmouth and Southern Maine, just across the river. The itinerary will feature private curatorial tours of some of the most significant 18th and 19th-century houses and collections in the region as well as exclusive access to important historic sites.

Please join us for this carefully curated trip with your fellow Mount Vernon supporters!


Please note that the Mount Vernon Travel Program is a benefit available to Mount Vernon donors of $10,000 or more. To discuss your eligibility, please contact Kenneth Hill at or 703.799.8666

Terms and Conditions

Trip Costs and Payments:

  • $3,000 per person for double occupancy, Single occupancy $3,600
  • Full payment due: June 18, 2024

Included in Trip Cost:

  • Accommodations at the Wentworth-by-the-Sea, New Castle (just outside of Portsmouth).
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
  • Private motor coach transportation around Portsmouth
  • Local guides, scholars, speakers, and entrance fees at/to museums, gardens, and historic homes.

Not Included in Trip Cost:

  • Airfare and airport transfers. Please do not make your airline reservations until you have received written confirmation of your participation in the trip from Classical Excursions.
  • Alcoholic beverages other than those provided at meals.
  • Trip insurance.
  • All other personal expenses or extras.


  • The trip is limited to a maximum of twenty-five participants.
  • The trip will be canceled if fewer than fifteen participants sign up for the trip.
  • Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Association will maintain a waiting list on the basis of the date reservations are received.


  • All itinerary items in the trip brochure are subject to change.
  • A more in-depth and specific itinerary will be provided prior to departure, as well as detailed information on tour sites.

Cancellations and Refunds

  • The Association, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel all or part of the trip prior to departure.
  • Reservations can be cancelled penalty free through May 1, 2024. After this date no refunds can be given unless your space is filled.
  • No refund will be issued for any unused portion of the trip, including but not limited to missed meals or excursions.
  • No refund will be issued in conjunction with unforeseen changes in transportation schedules and/or other matters necessitating a change in itinerary.


  • This trip may be strenuous. By registering for the trip, you have disclosed on the registration form any and all limitations that may require assistance.
  • All costs related to changes in the participant’s airfare will be the responsibility of the participant.
  • If you are required to spend an additional night, you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers, meals and other expenses.
  • The Association and Classical Excursions reserves the right to decline a participant, cancel a participant’s registration, or request a participant to withdraw from the trip if such refusal, cancellation, or withdrawal is in the best interest of the participant or other trip participants.
  • The Association and Classical Excursions acts only as the agent for the contractors and suppliers of services provided in conjunction with the trip. Such services include, but are not limited to, ground transportation, meals, lodging, and excursions.
  • The Association and Classical Excursions assumes no responsibility for any and all liability resulting from acts, omissions, errors, or the default of the contractors and suppliers of services related to the trip.
  • The Association and Classical Excursions assumes no responsibility for losses or delays arising from sickness, quarantine, government restraints, war, acts of terrorism, weather conditions, earthquakes, or acts of God.
  • The Association and Classical Excursions reserves the right to change the itinerary, if in its sole discretion, such change is advisable to protect participants’ safety or comfort.

The Mount Vernon Travel Program

Immediately following the conference, a 5-day travel experience led by expert guides and curators will explore Madrid and surrounding cities and countryside. The travel program will serve as a complementary experience exploring Spain’s ties to U.S., along with the art, architecture, and rich sociopolitical history of the region. Hand-selected historians will accompany us on visits to museums and sites of historic significance to bring 18th century Spain to life as it relates to the founding of the U.S.

Enjoy eight nights of luxury accommodations at the Mandarin Oriental Ritz Hotel, exquisite meals, and tours of the art, architecture, and rich sociopolitical history of the region led by historians and curators. We hope you will join us for insider experiences such as sharing meals in private palaces, private after-hour tours of museums and backstage access to national treasures that tie back to the 18th-century relationship between Spain and the new United States.



Eligibility: Please note that the Mount Vernon Travel Program is a benefit available to Mount Vernon donors of $10,000 or more. To discuss your giving, please email, or call 703-799-8666.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Mount Vernon seeks funding from foundation, corporate and individual sponsors to underwrite the academic elements of the conference, including hosting lunch or dinner. Please email Kenneth Hill at, or call 703-799-8666 to learn more about sponsor benefits.

Arrangements for Conference and Travel Program for Mount Vernon in Spain by

Post-conference travel program in collaboration with


Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association has owned and maintained George Washington’s Mount Vernon for more than 160 years.


Margaret Hartman Nichols

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George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington’s skill as a general helped secure our independence. His leadership as our first president shaped this new nation. His enduring legacy continues to inspire us.

After falling into disrepair following his death in 1799, this historic property was rescued by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. They opened it to the public in 1860. It is now the most visited historic home in America.

As a private non-profit organization, Mount Vernon does not accept government funds. On-site sales and donations allow us to pursue our mission to teach the world about George Washington and preserve his beloved home for future generations.


Please email Lani Summerville at or call 413.446.8728.