Mount Vernon is privately owned and will remain open in the case of a government shutdown.

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George and Martha Washington welcomed thousands of guests to Mount Vernon and were well known for their boundless hospitality, frequent and memorable parties, and the wide variety of culinary treats served.

This was only possible because of the work of enslaved butlers, housemaids, waiters, cooks, and others.

Explore recipes and learn more about food culture at Mount Vernon.

Appetizers & Hors d'oeuvers


Cakes, Cookies & Candies

Cheese, Eggs & Pasta

Desserts & Sauces


Meats & Stews

Pickles & Preserves

Poultry & Game

Salads & Dressings




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