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3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy (Mount Vernon)
Mount Vernon, VA
(1) 703-780-2000 | www.mountvernon.org
HOURS/TIMESApr.-Aug.: Daily: 8:00am-5:00pm; Mar., Sept., Oct.: Daily: 9:00am-5:00pm; Nov.-Feb.: Daily: 9:00am-4:00pm
PRICE (ADMISSION)Adults: USD 17; Seniors: USD 14; Children (6-11): USD 8: Children Under 6: Free
POPULAR TIMESWeekends; spring and summer; school holidays
RESERVE IN ADVANCEYes - tickets can be purchased online
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATION15 min.-1 hour
HIGHLIGHTSWashington's bedroom; Washington's tomb; gardens
Strolling the grounds of this 500-acre estate is like taking a step back into the late 18th century. The former home of George Washington, this elegant manor operates like a functioning 18th-century estate with a classic white and red wood mansion, greenhouses, gardens, a stone kitchen, servants' quarters, and a blacksmith’s house. The charming museum is brimming with a collection of decorative period artifacts, and the grounds also include the tombs of George and Martha Washington and a memorial to the 18th century slaves who worked at Mount Vernon.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; family; kids; American history buffs
WHY WE LIKE IT
The rolling green lawn, the spectacular views of the Potomac, the quaint gardens...we could go on and on. This little slice of greenery is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of DC.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Getting here. While we love the estate’s remote, country feel, it can be a pain to drive or take the train/bus here if we’re coming from downtown DC.
GOOD TO KNOW
Annual passes are available. Admission is free on Presidents' Day. George Washington inherited Mount Vernon from his older half-brother, Lawrence Washington, who served as his mentor. There is a cornerstone on the property that bears Lawrence’s initials “LW.” George fully came into ownership of Mount Vernon though in 1761 (until then, Lawrence’s wife and daughter were still owners).
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