Today at Mount Vernon

Friday July 12, 2019

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Mount Vernon in AR

Discover a whole new way to see George Washington's Mount Vernon with an exciting new augmented reality tour of the estate!

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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, Be Washington™!

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Archaeology at African-American Cemetery

Observe Mount Vernon's archaeologists conduct excavations to locate and mark lost graves, determine the boundaries of the cemetery space, and learn as much as possible about the layout of the cemetery as well as those interred within. Ask them questions about their work, their methods, and their tools.

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In-Depth Tour

Mansion

During this exclusive, 90-minute guided tour, explore the Mansion, enslaved quarters, grounds, and outbuildings and discover more than 250 years of history at Mount Vernon.

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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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Tribute at the Tomb

Washington Tomb

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

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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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Wheat-Treading Demonstration

16-Sided Barn

Witness Washington’s innovative treading process, learning first-hand how Washington separated the grain from the straw. Costumed staff will lead Mount Vernon’s horses as they tread wheat in the 16-sided barn. Afterward, watch and learn how seeds were separated from the chaff using riddling and winnowing baskets. 

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Music of the Revolution

Bowling Green

Join our resident fifer for a musical demonstration and discussion of fife & drum music, and its importance during the American Revolution!

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A-Dressing the Nation

Join Tobias Lear, George Washington's personal secretary, and learn about 18th-century fashion and manners.

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Gardens & Groves Tour

Explore beautiful gardens that combine form and function, see 18th-century trees that have stood the test of time, and discover the carefully crafted landscape that George Washington wanted you to experience.

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Tribute at the Slave Memorial

Slave Memorial

Commemorate the community of the enslaved people who lived and worked at Mount Vernon during a special wreath-laying presentation.

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Sightseeing Cruise on the Potomac

Wharf

Experience George Washington's Mount Vernon from a different perspective during a narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River.

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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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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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Preservation Tour

Discover the estate's ongoing preservation work during this 75-minute behind-the-scenes tour. Meet Mount Vernon's architectural historians and venture into areas rarely seen by guests.

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Music of the Dance

Greenhouse

Join us to learn and enjoy some of George Washington’s favorite dances.

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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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Surviving the 18th Century

Why were 18th-century beds so short? How were the mattresses stuffed? Where are the bathrooms? On this interactive family tour, discover the answers to these questions and learn what daily life was like in George Washington's time.

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Meet People from Washington's World

Greenhouse

Talk with the people who knew George Washington best and see him through the eyes of his family, friends, and servants. You might even gain a new perspective on the General!

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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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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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