George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon

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Standing on the banks of the Potomac River, George Washington's Mount Vernon was home to America's first president. This plantation house sits on land owned by the Washington family since the 17th century, and shows examples of Palladian-style architecture. The site includes a number of main buildings, including the mansion itself and surrounding annexes. You can visit rooms restored to replicate those used by George and Martha Washington. Don’t miss the Washingtons' tombs or the on-site museum dedicated to sharing their story. Put George Washington's Mount Vernon into our Mount Vernon tourist route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Mount Vernon.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A great experience. They did a wonderful job of keeping the attention of small kids. Educational, fascinating for adults too. So glad we went to this attraction.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We love going to historical sites. In this particular trip, we happened to also visit Monticello back-to-back, so we can directly compare the home tours of two Presidents. Mount Vernon was a disappoin...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We made the short drive down from D.C, the home is a big part of our U.S. history and worth seeing. They are trying to upgrade, and have made some errors on the exterior but the interior brings Washin...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Amazing! Must stop for locals and tourists! You can do the home, out-buildings, tomb, and pioneer farm in 3 hours if you are efficient. Short sightseeing boat trips are offered, however I suggest coming to Mount Vernon via boat instead of car to avoid ticket lines. The Distillery and Grist Mill is worth the extra $5 - it's amazing to see a working mill and learn about whiskey production during George Washington's time (and they still make whiskey in that manner today!). If you come by boat you probably won't have time to go to the Grist Mill. Check the event calendar - Martha and George reenactments are a must see. Also, Mansion tours during after-hours are more informative. Some parts are seasonal, they open the 3rd floor only in January and in the summer and spring the Pioneer Farm is more active.
  • July 7, 2017
    Beautiful! I love the amount of history this state was able to save and keep safe. Each building will have more information for you to read or someone for you to talk to about the build and what the building was used for. Pay the extra money to ride the boat on the river. It is worth every penny! The captin will talk about history as you ride. I was able to get beautiful pictures of Washington's home and of the river itself. You will also be able to see Fort Washington on the boat ride. The walking is difficult for those with a hard time walking but there are seats and rest places on the side of the walkways.
  • June 17, 2017
    This was one of the very best stops we made during our recent trip to the D.C. Area. Tons of stuff to look at, touch and experience. You really need to leave time to head down to the lower levels of the property and farm areas and also go through the learning center. I could have posted many more pictures but these were my favorites. All my girls, ages 10, 14 and 17 loved our day here. Highly recommended.
  • July 4, 2017
    It was amazing. It was a little crowed but that was most likely just because it was the Fourth of July. I was happy to see people that dressed up, walked around and talked about who George Washington was and what he did. The tour of the house was very good but not really a tour that I had expected. They also did not allow you to take pictures inside the house, though I'm sure there was a good reason for that. Overall the entire experience was fantastic. I would highly recommend visiting seeing as though many houses of the olden days are destroyed.
  • May 2, 2017
    Must-see attraction in the DC area. Easily accessible by the George Washington Parkway, or by Metro/Bus. Come see where our first president lived! The grounds were immaculate, very clean and restored. The river is right there, very nice to go down to on a hot day. There are farm animals, including sheep. Pictures aren't allowed inside the building, but anywhere else is good. Definitely save time to stop in the museum, the exhibits were not only interactive and very cool, but full of information. The best part was the theaters. The one has a special surprise for you, I won't spoil it, but it is very interactive and makes you feel like you're really 'there'.

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