Enjoy the view from the Mansion's piazza
The two-story piazza is the Mansion's most distinctive architectural feature. The Washingtons treated the piazza as an outdoor room, serving afternoon tea here to visitors and family members seated in simple Windsor chairs.
See the final resting place of George and Martha Washington
George Washington's will directed the building of the new tomb, which replaced the original yet deteriorating family burial vault. Today, the wooded enclosure that surrounds the tomb is a fitting space to pay homage to the Father of Our Country and the first First Lady.
Stroll through the gardens
George Washington's visitors were delighted by the fresh vegetables and fruits from Mount Vernon's gardens and reveled in after-dinner walks amongst the plants.
View the outbuildings
In 1799, more than 50 enslaved men and women were trained in specific trades. They made tools and textiles, cared for livestock, processed food, and constructed and repaired many of Mount Vernon’s buildings.
Visitors can visit the outbuildings where much of this work was done.
Pay your respects at the Slave Memorial and Cemetery
The Slave Memorial is located approximately 50 yards southwest of George and Martha Washington's tomb, on a bluff above the Potomac River. This sacred ground was used as a cemetery for those enslaved and a few free blacks who worked at Mount Vernon in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Learn about farming at Mount Vernon
The Pioneer Farm represents the more than 3,000 acres Washington cultivated during the second half of the 18th century. It also offers visitors a chance to learn more about the lives of the enslaved workers who put Washington’s farming ideas into practice.
Walk through the Forest Trail
The Forest Trail meanders through one of the small woodlands left on the estate, giving visitors a feel for the natural setting of Mount Vernon when George Washington lived here.
Meet the animals who live on the estate
Visit with horses, mules, oxen, sheep, and other animals.