Experience a rare opportunity to see sheep, oxen, horses, and a hog during Animal Family Day. Learn about Mount Vernon’s animals and the jobs they performed in George Washington's time. Hear stories about the enslaved people who cared for the animals, such as Giles a coachman, Peter Hardiman a horse groom, and Kitty a spinner.
Animal Day Family Hub
9:00a.m. - 3:30p.m.
Visit the 12-Acre Field to learn about Mount Vernon's heritage breeding program and the active role we play in preserving historic breeds. Enjoy fun activities such as take home crafts and an Animal Passport to explore the estate.
Animal Meet & Greets
In the Historic Area, meet Mount Vernon's the livestock team who cares for the animals with brief drop-in encounters. Please note the animals will be on view throughout the day.
9:30am - 10:30am Lambs at the Sheep Paddock
10:30am - 11:00am Oxen at Oxen Paddock
11:00am - 12pm Horses at the Horse Paddock
1:00pm - 1:30pm Hog at the Hog Paddock
1:30pm - 2:30pm Lambs at the Sheep Paddock
History in Motion: Bees (Saturday only)
11:15a.m., 12:00p.m., & 1:30p.m.
Join us at the Performance Area on the Bowling Green to learn more about bees and beekeeping through movement. All ages are welcome, but this program is best-suited for younger learners.
Schedule is subject to change.
For the safety of our heritage breeds, disturbing or feeding animals is not permitted.
Please note that the estate will not offer sensory friendly hours for this event.