Mount Vernon welcomes those who wish to pay their respect to the Father of our Country to honor George Washington by participating in a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the Washingtons' Tomb.



Free with general admission


Washington Tomb

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Following his death on December 14, 1799, George Washington's remains were placed in a family vault on the hillside overlooking the Potomac River.  Washington knew this site would not be tenable for much longer, and stipulated in his will that a new tomb be constructed below his orchard.  In 1831, the remains from the old family vault, including those of General and Mrs. Washington, were moved to their current resting place, where tens of millions of visitors have paid their respects to the Father of our Country. 

A staff member will lead those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance, General Washington’s prayer for his country, and the placement of a wreath.

Wreath-laying ceremonies typically last 20-30 minutes.

This program is free with general admission. No additional ticket is required.

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