Mount Vernon welcomes homeschooling families to discover the 18th century by learning about George Washington and the British Empire in the spring of 1774. 

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Add to Calendar 03/04/2024 09:00:00 03/04/2024 16:00:00 America/New_York Spring Homeschool Day

Mount Vernon welcomes homeschooling families to discover the 18th century by learning about George Washington and the British Empire in the spring of 1774. 

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Special Rate for Homeschool Families:
Children 5 and under: Free
Ages 6-18: $12
Adults: $14

Homeschool Day Activities

The Mansion

Please note: in order to go inside the Mansion, you must reserve timed entry tickets when purchasing your Homeschool Day Ticket.

  • The New Room is currently under restoration and not available for public viewing. For more information on our restoration efforts, click here.
  • If you would like to take a virtual tour of the New Room, Mount Vernon staff will be giving them in the Smith Theater in the Ford Orientation Center until 2:00p.m.
  • The rest of the Mansion will be open for tours.

Activity Stations on the Bowling Green in the Historic Area (9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.):

  • Visit with Mount Vernon educators to learn about what the Thirteen Colonies faced in 1774. These stations will explore the Boston Tea Party, the other tea parties that occurred in 1773 and 1774, and the political aftermath, including the Fairfax Resolves written by George Washington and George Mason.
  • Decorate your own tea chests with symbols important to you (while supplies last).
  • Pick up materials for projects you can do at home (while supplies last).
  • Meet with Mount Vernon archaeologists to learn about their role in learning about and preserving Mount Vernon history. 

On the 12-Acre field (9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.):

  • Learn about 18th-century foodways from Mount Vernon Trades staff. 

Please note: while the farm will be open for visitation, it will not be staffed. All trades activities will take place in the Historic Area and on the 12-Acre field.

In the Historic Area (9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.):

  • Watch 18th-century spinning and weaving in the Spinning House, where enslaved and hired weavers made utilitarian wool and linen cloth.
  • Visit the Blacksmith Shop to watch 18th-century blacksmithing techniques.

On the Bowling Green:

  • Hear our resident fifer and learn about the military music used during the American Revolution at 10:30a.m. and 2:30p.m.
  • Read Colonial Voices with Mount Vernon staff at 11 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., then pick up a scavenger hunt you can do in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center.

In the Upper Garden: 

  • Meet with Mount Vernon Horticulture staff to learn about sewing seeds and 18th-century gardening (while supplies last). 

In the Interpretative Center: 

  • Meet Tobias Lear (11:30, 2:00)
  • Meet Christopher Sheels (1:00; 2:30)
  • Listen to Tobias Lear's Addressing a Nation Program (10:00)

Learning Materials

Prepare for your visit by reviewing a printable version of the Homeschool Day Learning Materials. These tools will be available prior to the program.

Learn more about themes relating to different aspects of George Washington’s life and the enslaved people who worked and lived on his five farms.

Extend the learning at home by visiting the Online Activities for Kids webpage.

More Information

For more information about visiting Mount Vernon, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Please note: Outside food and drink other than bottled water are prohibited on the estate. If you would like to bring bagged lunches, tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis in front of the Shops at Mount Vernon. 

Food will be available for purchase at the food court, the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, and the food truck inside the estate. 

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