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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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  • We had a fantastic day visiting George Washington's Mount Vernon. We made our way there by boat and spent a fascinating 4 hours back in time. We started with the Mansion house which was wonderful and ...  more »
  • We believe George Washington is one of the most important people in the founding of our country. Visiting his home gives much insight into his character. He was a gracious host. Many, many people visi...  more »
  • Visiting most historic houses is a 30 minute deal - perhaps an hour. Our tour of Mount Vernon took 4 hours! This is a colonial plantation, so there were plenty of outbuildings to see. Touring the mans...  more »
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  • I could have spent more than a day here. We loved the extra tour - we took the National Treasure tour and loved it. The museum is fantastic and they have a kids map with questions but you have to ask for it, when we were there they didn't just offer them to the kids. They get a cool stamp at the end. The gift shop is huge and I was able to add to my patriotic Christmas ornament collection. They grounds are neatly kept and the animals were healthy and adorable.
  • What a beautiful boat ride and great day walking around the grounds. The character actors know their job. Ask questions to find out about their lives, the times and what they know. These guys are fun to talk to! The grounds are big and it takes a while to see everything and read all the interesting boards. You can watch the blacksmith and spinner. Everyone answers questions. I thought most of it was respectful to the enslaved workers who were integral to this farm, the homes and the other enterprises around. It definetly addresses the issue at most opportunities. People were taking specialty tours that looked interesting. The double scoop of ice cream for lunch is perfect on hot day. By three was other food too. The gift shop was huge.
  • This place was a once in a life time experience. You learned so much about George the farmer and business man. The estate is beautiful and the history is something you want to know more about. The estate is so big, that my best advice is to get there early. The wait in line to the house can be long as it is guided. However, there is so much to see on the estate. Use the map and take the time to walk down to the water, the grave, but go see the original grave hidden on a path., Don't forget the slave memorial and the graves of those who worked and lived in the estate. The garden is beautiful. Could not stop taking photos. Especially, the view over the Potomac river.
  • Pretty cool to see where George Washington lived and spent his time. Didn't realize before how well off he was. The place was massive, even by today's standards. Everything from the house and museum to the grounds were all intriguing.
  • We attended the Opening Exhibit of Lives Bound Together. It was fascinating the displays about the lives of the enslaved people of George Washington and Martha Washington who lived at Mount Vernon. I really enjoyed the Mansion Tour to see where the Washingtons actually lived and George Washington died. The Special Tour Through My Eyes gave an a balanced account of the lives of the enslaved plus more insight into George Washington as a person and slave owner.