Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Join us for a candlelit character-guided tour and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th-century Virginia.
Hear the echo of hunting horns and the thunder of horses' hooves as Mount Vernon pays tribute to the greatest horseman of his age, George Washington!
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At this exciting event, watch a simulated fox hunt demonstration on the estate of the Father of the American foxhound! Unlike in Washington’s time, no foxes will be hurt during this demonstration. A bag containing animal scent will be taken on a course around the 12-acre field, and when one hound picks up the scent, the hunt is on!
Observe a cavalry demonstration on the 12-acre field before meeting the breeds that Washington loved so much. Learn about the role these animals played in the American Revolution and even meet Nelson, a horse similar to Washington’s beloved warhorse!
Horses & Hounds takes place rain or shine. Schedule subject to change.