Fisheries Display in the Education Center

The Potomac River today is not often seen as a source for commercial fishing, however, in Washington's time, it was the most lucrative operation in his entire farming system most years. View it in the “Visionary Entrepreneur” exhibit.

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Fish Net Making Demonstrations

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Watch Mount Vernon staff create fish nets in the same fashion that they would have been created in the 18th century.

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Batteau at the Pioneer Farm

The batteau is on view at Mount Vernon's Pioneer Farm location, built using traditional methods and reproduction 18th century tools. The plan of the batteau comes from the collection of plans compiled by Howard I. Chapelle who served as the curator of maritime history at the Smithsonian Institution from 1957 to 1967.

The Wharf

The wharf was rebuilt in 1880, replacing an earlier structure, during a time when most visitors arrived at Mount Vernon by boat. The wharf was restored in 1991 and dedicated that year by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.

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Sightseeing Cruises

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Experience George Washington's Mount Vernon from a different perspective during this 45-minute narrated sightseeing excursion on the Potomac River.

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Potomac Collection

Browse products inspired by the mighty Potomac, fishing, and boating

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