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Learn about the animals that would have lived on the estate during Washington's life and have the unique opportunity to meet some of the animals that live at Mount Vernon today. 

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Meet the Animals

Experience a rare opportunity to hear from Mount Vernon’s livestock staff about the jobs animals performed on the estate in the 18th century and meet our sheep, oxen, and horses. The schedule is subject to change.

  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Meet the Sheep (sheep paddock)
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Meet the Oxen (oxen paddock)
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Meet the Horses (horse paddock)
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Meet the Sheep (sheep paddock)

All the President's Pups

Bring your dog along for this 1.25 mile walking tour and explore canine life at Mount Vernon, from the first president's dogs to the dogs that live at the estate today. The tour stops at five historic locations, including the historic west gate. Along the way learn about George Washington's love for dogs, his dogs' unusual names, and his efforts to improve the quality of his hunting dogs through breeding.

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A Place at the Stable

Head to Mount Vernon’s stable to chat with a History Interpreter about the animals that called this structure home and discover what the Washington’s stored in the building.

Horsing Around

Look for the Discovery Cart to learn about the horses that called Mount Vernon home in the 18th century and be sure to pick up a horseshoe craft to take home.

A Good Yarn

Stop by the Spinning House to see the process of turning sheep’s wool into cloth. Historic Trades staff will discuss 18th-century textile production at Mount Vernon and demonstrate spinning and weaving.

Story Time

11 a.m., 2 p.m.

Listen to a special story time program. 

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