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George Washington's Mount Vernon

Visit George Washington's Home and Adopted Hometown

As George Washington's adopted hometown, Alexandria is a "best of" when it comes to the spectrum of sites and events associated with the nation's first president. Only eight miles south of Alexandria lays the most visited historic estate in America: George Washington's Mount Vernon, the general's former home which, bedecked in holiday decorations and festive celebrations, continues bustling centuries later.

Since its time as one of Alexandria's central hubs for commerce and productivity, George Washington's former estate has been transformed into a museum filled with documents and ephemera once belonging to some of the key players in American history. Today, visitors tour the meticulously-preserved grounds, viewing Washington's farm, gardens and even his final resting place, discovering life in colonial America first hand.

George Washington's Mount Vernon reveals a unique picture of Alexandria and our first president's role in shaping the United States, only a short distance from favorite Old Town hotels, restaurants and shopping.

More information on MountVernon.org.

Buy 1 Get 9 Free with Presidents Passport

Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon as part of the "Presidents Passport" program, Virginia's premier presidential trail, and experience his historic estate and bustling hometown as the first president once did. Further along the trail are Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and James Madison's Montpelier, both meticulously-preserved estates whose surrounding countryside and neighboring city of Charlottesville maintain the same spirit present during the colonial era. Also when registering on the "Presidents Passport" website, visitors gain insider information and exclusive savings to more than 50 of Alexandria and Charlottesville's top restaurants and attractions.

As an added bonus to this year's Presidents Passport program, visitors to the Alexandria Visitors Center at 221 King St. can take part in a Buy 1 Get 9 Free offer! By showing or purchasing one ticket to any of the three presidential estates, the visitor will, upon request, receive a free Alexandria's "Key to the City" pass, which grants access into nine historic sites and museums in Alexandria - a $26 added value!

More at PresPassport.Monticello.org.

Transportation and Tours from Old Town to Mount Vernon

Events at Mount Vernon

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Brewing History: Beer Tasting, Tour & Dinner

Mount Vernon hosts a special beer dinner, brewing demonstration, and private Mansion tour for guests at the first president’s estate. Learn more about how beer was brewed and enjoyed in early ... Learn More

Capturing an American Icon: Fall Photo Workshop at Mount Vernon

Join Mount Vernon for an exciting new program, Capturing an American Icon: Fall Photo Workshop at Mount Vernon, offered in partnership with Washington Photo Safari. The photo safari includes many of ... Learn More

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

A historic treat! Mount Vernon opens its doors for the first time to trick-or-treaters! Join the costumed cast of interpreters for a special opportunity to trick-or-treat in the historic area. A ... Learn More

Capturing an American Icon: Fall Photo Workshop at Mount Vernon

Join Mount Vernon for an exciting new program, Capturing an American Icon: Fall Photo Workshop at Mount Vernon, offered in partnership with Washington Photo Safari. The photo safari includes many of ... Learn More

Capturing an American Icon: Fall Photo Workshop at Mount Vernon

Join Mount Vernon for an exciting new program, Capturing an American Icon: Fall Photo Workshop at Mount Vernon, offered in partnership with Washington Photo Safari. The photo safari includes many of ... Learn More

Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans

Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans

In honor of our nation's veterans, Mount Vernon admits FREE all active duty, former, or retired military personnel. Honored guests are also invited to place a flower at Washington’s Tomb where ... Learn More

Our American Girl

Our American Girl

Bring your favorite doll for a special youth tour of the estate with Mount Vernon’s own American girl, “Nelly Custis.” Enjoy refreshments with “Lady Washington” and try a ... Learn More

On-Going Events

Gardens & Groves: George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon

  • October 24, 2014 to January 10, 2016 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Venue: Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens
  • Admission: Event included with purchase of a General Admission Ticket $17 adults; $8 children ages 6-11; free children ages 5 and under
  • 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
  • Mount Vernon, VA 22121
  • Phone: 703-780-2000
  • Visit Website
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Gardens & Groves: George Washington's Landscape at Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon invites visitors to explore George Washington’s design for the grounds of his estate, highlighting the first president’s interests and talents as a landscape designer through ... Learn More

National Treasure Tour

National Treasure Tour

The National Treasure Tour is dedicated to the behind-the-scenes filming of the blockbuster movie "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" at Mount Vernon. This popular tour combines ... Learn More

Through My Eyes Character Tour

Through My Eyes Character Tour

Step back in time for a 45-minute immersive experience. Join people from Washington's world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities, ... Learn More

Garden and Landscape Tour at Mount Vernon

Garden and Landscape Tour at Mount Vernon

This 45-minute guided walking tour examines Washington's brilliant design for the grounds around Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees, and learn how he merged ... Learn More

Slave Life at Mount Vernon Tour

Slave Life at Mount Vernon Tour

Tours of slave life and gardens enrich the visitor experience by providing in-depth knowledge of these fascinating subjects during the 45-minute guided walking tours, included with admission. The ... Learn More

Dinner for the Washingtons Tour

Dinner for the Washingtons Tour

Ever wonder what George Washington ate for dinner? The Dinner for the Washingtons walking tour goes behinds the scenes to find out how food was prepared and served before the era of microwaves and TV ... Learn More

Saving Mount Vernon Tour

Saving Mount Vernon Tour

During this one-hour tour, visit the rarely seen Mansion basement and wander the historic area to learn of the heroics of the estate’s caretakers during the Civil War, and the robust efforts of ... Learn More

All The President's Pups Walking Tour

All The President's Pups Walking Tour

George Washington’s Mount Vernon invites all dogs and their two-legged friends to explore the Estate through a new guided walking tour devoted to dogs! All The President's Pups walking tour ... Learn More

Fall Harvest Family Days

  • October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Venue: Mount Vernon: George Washington's Estate & Gardens
  • Admission: Event included with purchase of a General Admission Ticket $17 adults; $8 children ages 6-11; free children ages 5 and under
  • 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
  • Mount Vernon, VA 22121
  • Phone: 703-780-2000
  • Visit Website
  • Send Email

Mount Vernon celebrates the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days! The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing ... Learn More

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