Today at Mount Vernon

Saturday December 8, 2018

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Extra Fee Applies Free (Ticket Required) Steps, Hills, Distances Weather Dependent Family-friendly

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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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

Bowling Green

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

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Camel Talks

12-Acre Field

During this free 30-minute program, James Anderson and other characters tell stories about Washington's interest in exotic animals and share facts about camels.

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Pie Making

12-Acre Field

Roll up your sleeves and join in the fun of making a pie crust! Learn how sweet and savory pies were constructed and baked in the 18th-century.

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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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Holiday Time for the Washingtons Tour

Learn how food was grown, preserved, prepared, and served during the holiday season during this 60-minute tour.

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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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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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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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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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Discovery Station

Education Center

Participate in hands-on activities, watch demonstrations, and see 18th-century objects. All ages welcome.

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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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Greet Lady Washington!

Interpretive Center

Experience the warm Washington hospitality and exchange greetings with our nation’s first First Lady. Photographs welcome.

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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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