Explore the lives, loves, and loss of the enslaved families at George Washington's Mount Vernon with a special guided tour, family activity, and ceremonial remembrance.

Bring your own family stories of love and loss that connect your family to the past, and learn about the families of Boatswain and Myrtilla, Hercules and Alice, and other families who suffered the loss of loved ones.

This program is included with admission on May 21, 2022. A free ticket is required to reserve your place on the tour.

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Add to Calendar 05/21/2022 10:00:00 05/21/2022 15:30:00 America/New_York Lives, Loves, and Loss: Remembering the Families

Explore the lives, loves, and loss of the enslaved families at George Washington's Mount Vernon with a special guided tour, family activity, and ceremonial remembrance.

Bring your own family stories of love and loss that connect your family to the past, and learn about the families of Boatswain and Myrtilla, Hercules and Alice, and other families who suffered the loss of loved ones.

This program is included with admission on May 21, 2022. A free ticket is required to reserve your place on the tour.

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Self-guided Map: Orientation Center
Family Activity: Grove by Washington's Tomb
Tour: Mansion Circle
Ceremony: Cemetery
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Get to Know Their Stories

Spend the day at Mount Vernon exploring the lives and loss of enslaved couples Boatswain and Myrtilla and Hercules and Alice through a special guided tour and family activity.  

Both enslaved families featured during this event suffered the loss of a loved one. Although a footnote to the farm management documents, the loss of young Boatswain, a son and brother, and of Alice, a mother and wife, transformed the lives of many who knew and loved them.  

Special Tour, Activity, and Commemoration

A special tour, self-guided map, a family activity, and Slave Burial Ground Commemoration will all honor their lives, share their loves, and mark their loss.  

Connections with the Past

We invite participants to bring their own family stories of love and loss that connect them to the past. 

Schedule of Events

Lives, Loves, Loss Specialty Tour 

10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Free Ticket Required

This 10-stop tour allows you to move through the spaces that Botswain, Myrtilda, Hercules, and Alice shared hundreds of years ago, while learning about their lives. 

Lives, Loves, and Loss Self-Guided Map

All Day, pick up at Orientation Center or Tomb Road. 

This map highlights locations at Mount Vernon where Alice, Hercules, Myrtilda, and Botswain lived, loved, and suffered loss.  Also marked on the map are locations to learn about others enslaved at Mount Vernon.

Remembering our Loss Family Activity 

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Create a remembrance of lives lost, leave a memory in a guest book, take a remembrance home or leave it to mark a life lost at Mount Vernon.  

Burial Ground at Mount Vernon Ceremony

11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. 

Join in a ceremonial remembrance of the enslaved individuals at Mount Vernon who lived and died across the Five farms area, some of whom are buried here.

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