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Learn about life at Mount Vernon from a character portraying someone who lived and worked here in Washington's time.

Students have the opportunity to learn from a person who lived in Washington's world with a character tour specially designed for students. Contact the group reservations office for dates and times, advance registration and an additional fee is required. Student groups can choose from the characters listed below, availability is subject to change.

Martha Washington

Recommended for grades K-12.

Martha Washington was the first first lady of the United States and spent about half of the Revolutionary War at the front with General Washington. She helped manage her husbands' estates and raised her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Join her as she shows you around the estate and discusses the activities she performed to help manage Mount Vernon.

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Tobias Lear

Recommended for grades 4-12.

Tour the estate with Tobias Lear, George Washington's personal secretary and tutor to Mrs. Washington's grandchildren. While learning about Lear's work for General Washington, you may also acquire knowledge about 18th-century manners and customs.

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"Washy" Custis

Recommended for grades K-12.

Martha Washington's grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, invites you to enjoy some of his favorite spots at Mount Vernon, where he grew up. Tour the historic area, including the gardens, greenhouse, and stables, and finish your tour on the piazza overlooking the Potomac River.

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James Anderson

Recommended for grades K-12.

Tour the historic area with George Washington's farm manager, James Anderson, as he goes through his daily responsibilities. Visit locations along the south lane and meet farm animals as you learn about George Washington's farming practices.

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