Mount Vernon
The Home of our First President
George Washington
George Washington

George Washington's plantation on the banks of the beautiful Potomac River offers visitors a chance to understand America's first hero and the fascinating world in which he lived. Since the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association bought the nearly empty Mansion in 1858, it has gathered Washington objects and used archaeology and research to piece together clues about the buildings and gardens of a bygone era. Over 1 million visitors come to walk in Washington's footsteps each year, making Mount Vernon the most popular historic estate in America.

Guests to Mount Vernon can visit the Mansion, a dozen original structures, Washington's Tomb, and nearly 50 acres of his extensive plantation, which include beautiful gardens and restored landscapes. The estate also includes a working blacksmith shop and the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site, a 4-acre demonstration farm with a reconstructed slave cabin and 16-sided treading barn.

The Ford Orientation Center features an inspiring film, We Fight To Be Free, and a miniature replica of the Washingtons' iconic home.

The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center is home to 25 theaters and galleries, which tell the detailed story of George Washington's life with more than 500 original artifacts, 11 video presentations, and even an immersion theater experience where it snows all year round!

Just 3 miles down the road from the Mansion, George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill have been reconstructed and are open seasonally. Both fully functioning, Washington's fascinating mill and distillery tell the story of Washington as a master entrepreneur.

Expect to spend several hours at Mount Vernon, and when planning your day be sure to consider the informative guided tours, refreshing sightseeing cruises, and engaging events that are offered at various times of the year.

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309
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