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Mount Vernon's new livestock facility for our animals!

Our livestock program is one of the ways we display Washington’s farming prowess. We run a nationally-recognized rare and heritage breeds program. It has grown considerably in the past 25 years. 

Mount Vernon does not accept government support. We rely on generous donations to continue our 150-year record of leadership in the historic preservation field.  With your generous donations, we have built a new livestock complex to better care for our beloved farm animals. They give our visitors the most authentic 18th-century farm experience possible!

Our  farm animals have become an integral educational and interpretative tool for Mount Vernon’s mission.  We care for more than 100 animals. Our visitors see many of the same breeds that were common here some two centuries ago. Livestock also helps our more than one million annual visitors understand a working 18th-century estate. Cattle, oxen, horses, and mules can be seen grazing in pastures or working the fields—plowing, harrowing, pulling carts, or treading.  Hog Island sheep are shorn, and the wool is processed into yarn.  Baby lambs and piglets are born each spring, and their antics enchant staff members and visitors of all ages.

Most of our animals are rotated through pastures and display paddocks across the estate.  But at some point, they all pass through Mount Vernon’s barn facility—the unseen epicenter of our livestock program.  There, animals are groomed, prepared, and harnessed for the day’s interpretation.  Horses and mules are fed in the stalls.  The barn also serves as an infirmary for all breeds, where animals can be nursed back to health.  

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