Dig into archaeology at Mount Vernon! Explore how we learn about the past by participating in tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Add to Calendar 10/05/2019 10:00:00 12/31/1969 14:30:00 America/Rio_Branco Archaeology Day

Dig into archaeology at Mount Vernon! Explore how we learn about the past by participating in tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

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Archaeology Tour: October 5-6 at 11am & 1:30pm

$10 in addition to general admission

Throughout the month of October, get an inside look at the history of the Mount Vernon archaeology program and the current discovery efforts in progress.

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Did you know that archaeology has shaped what we know about Mount Vernon? Join us on Saturday, October 5 to kick off archaeology month by participating in special demonstrations, tour, and activities. There will be a rare opportunity to meet Mount Vernon’s very own archaeologists who will demonstrate their work uncovering the stories of the Washingtons, Enslaved People, and Indigenous People who lived on the estate. On a special walking tour, guests will visit several archaeological sites at Mount Vernon and learn about how these excavations contribute to our understanding of the evolving landscape of the estate throughout its long history.

Archaeology Family Activities
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Education Center

Families can enjoy hands-on archaeological activities and crafts in the Education Center, such as discover the tools archaeologists use by creating a craft paper shovel or explore how they research by participating in a mock “dig.”

Activities available while supplies last.

Meet an Archaeologist
12 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Upper Garden

Get an inside look at the history of the Mount Vernon archaeology program and the current discovery efforts in progress. What exciting things have been found on the grounds over the years? Learn more about what has been discovered about our founding father by excavating the Washington family’s “midden,” or trash bin. Hear how archaeology tells us more about the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon. See current excavation sites including the slave burial ground and Washington family kitchen.

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