Located on the banks of the Potomac, the four-acre Pioneer Farm site explores George Washington’s role as a visionary farmer.

Watch costumed interpreters demonstrate Washington's innovative farming and fishing practices, hoe fields, cook over a fire, sheer sheep, and harvest crops (activities vary day to day).  Explore a replica slave cabin and Washington's 16-sided treading barn. Stroll along the Wharf for a view across the Potomac River. 

The Pioneer Farm represents the more than 3,000 acres Washington cultivated during the second half of the 18th century. It also offers visitors a chance to learn more about the lives of the enslaved workers who put Washington’s agrarian ideas into practice.

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Shuttle Services

Shuttle service to the Pioneer Farm is included with general admission.

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Replica Slave Cabin

While at the Pioneer Farm, you can visit this replica cabin that depicts how many enslaved families lived at Mount Vernon.

Heirloom Seeds

Grow a garden like the Washingtons. All seeds are grown, collected, cleaned, and packaged by hand at George Washington's Mount Vernon.

Farming at Mount Vernon

Videos of farming activities at the Pioneer Farm and elsewhere at Mount Vernon

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Open today from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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