Today at Mount Vernon

Thursday December 6, 2018

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Be Washington: It's Your Turn to Lead

Put yourself in George Washington's boots with Mount Vernon's newest interactive experience!

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Aladdin the Camel

In 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings to bring a camel to Mount Vernon for the enjoyment of his guests. This season visit our Christmas camel, Aladdin.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Mansion

See all levels of the Mansion in this personalized one-hour guided exploration of the George and Martha Washington's beloved home. Go behind the scenes to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor, where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799, as well as the basement.

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A Day in the Life: Mrs. Washington's Morning

Kitchen

Young Martha Washington welcomes visitors to her home and goes about her morning duties. Learn about the functions of the outbuildings and gardens that she oversaw.

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The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon Tour

Mansion Circle

Listen to the stories of the enslaved people who built and operated Mount Vernon, and learn about their daily lives on the estate during this 60-minute tour.

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Holiday Fifing

Join our resident fifer for a musical demonstration and discussion of 18th-century holiday music! 

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National Treasure Tour

Mansion Circle

Go behind-the-scenes of the blockbuster movie "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" at Mount Vernon, hear stories about the filming, and learn how the locations were used during Washington's time.

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Story Time in Hands-on-History

Young listeners are invited to hear vibrant tales of George and Martha Washington while learning more about our nation's first president. 

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Tribute at the Tomb

Pay your respect to George Washington by participating in a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the Washingtons' Tomb.

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Operation Gratitude: Holiday Cards for the Military

Hands-on-History

Children are invited to write notes or create holiday cards that will be sent to soldiers stationed overseas.

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Chocolate Making Demonstration

Vaughan Lobby

Listen to our costumed interpreters as they take you through each step of the chocolate making process—from cacao seed to chocolate mills— and learn more about the preparation of hot chocolate and chocolate tea at Mount Vernon.

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Greet Young Mrs. Washington

Interpretive Center

Experience the warm Washington hospitality and exchange greetings with young Mrs. Washington. Photographs welcome.

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Hands-on-History Discovery Program

Hands-on-History

Children ages 3-10 learn American history through games, puzzles, and other fun hands-on activities. 

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Holiday Entertainments

Greenhouse

Hear costumed friends and family of the Washingtons tell charming stories of Christmas traditions of the past.

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Children's Afternoon Activity Time

Hands-on-History

Mount Vernon's youngest visitors are invited to participate in hands-on-activities and play games while learning about the Father of our Country! For ages 5-10. 

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Ornament Making for Children

Education Center

Kids ages 5-10 are invited to make their own ornament in the Hands-on-History Center.

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Specialty Tour tickets are available in the Ford Orientation Center. Programming subject to change. Printed copies of daily programs are available upon arrival in the Ford Orientation Center.

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