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Mount Vernon
Historic Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon
DC
22121
Tel: (703) 780-2000

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Great place to go with the family as it has an interactive museum and hands on discovery centre, farm animals and movies about George Washington
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    One of the most powerful places we visited. Beautiful facility, informative tours, and powerful connections to the leaders of our past. To stand a few feet from the father of our country was inspiring! A must see for and D.C. trip.

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    Well preserved 18th century home and plantation of George Washington. It has a great museum of artifacts from George and his family's life as well as a presentation of colonial history that is very in depth and interesting. It takes a whole day to see everything. There is an extensive audio device available. The food is good and reasonably priced.

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    A historic landmark, Mount Vernon was our First President and First Lady's plantation home. Just like Mr. George Washington, his home is a beloved historic site that includes the 21-room mansion, the outbuildings, gardens, George Washington's tomb, slave memorial and burial ground, farm, and the Donald Reynolds Museum and Education Center.

    The grounds are beautiful. The eastern façade of the mansion overlooks the Potomac River, and the view is breathtaking. Walking through the mansion, you get to see the rooms George Washington and his family...Read More

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    I surprised my wife on mother's day weekend and ended up being the one who was surprised. I learned many interesting facts about the first American hero while on the tour of his home. We walked the acres and acres of history and greatly enjoyed the museums. Great way to enjoy a few hours and learn history.

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    There is a lot to see and the views of the water are nice. It was neat to see the tomb of George Washington and tour his mansion. Unfortunately, as of today (7/31/2015), the mansion's exterior is under construction as are some of the grounds outside. I'm giving it four stars because of the construction and because the line attendant for the mansion tours starting at the 11:30 am and 11:35 am periods was very rude.

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by Alice Wang

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A historic landmark, Mount Vernon was our First President and First Lady's plantation home. Just like Mr. George Washington, his home is a beloved historic site that includes the 21-room mansion, the outbuildings, gardens, George Washington's tomb, slave memorial and burial ground, farm, and the Donald Reynolds Museum and Education Center.

The grounds are beautiful. The eastern façade of the mansion overlooks the Potomac River, and the view is breathtaking. Walking through the mansion, you get to see the rooms George Washington and his family and guests stayed in, dined in, read in, etc. The original mattress on which Mr. Washington passed away is still there. The outbuildings are where the essential operations of the plantation were performed, such as the kitchen, storehouse, smokehouse, washhouse, ice house, salt house, spinning house, etc. The Museum and Education Center features galleries and interactive exhibits, where you can look at personal effects/artifacts and watch short films. It's recommended to plan about 3 hours for the visit since there is just so much to see and do.

Tickets are $17 for anyone 12 and older, $9 for kids 6-11 years old, $16 for senior citizens, and free for children 5 and under. Mount Vernon is open every day of the year. Mount Vernon has a lot of great events that go on year-round like a wine festival, national treasure tour, plant and garden sale, wreath-laying ceremony, a watercolor painting class, and much more. I've heard that during Christmas, there are candlelight tours of the mansion, fireworks, and other Christmas festivities.

I highly recommend taking some time to go to the east lawn and soak in the views. It can't be stressed enough how mesmerizing it is. You get a panoramic view of the Potomac and the woods. Also, if you can, definitely try to partake in their wine festivals. I went to the spring one yesterday and it was awesome. You get to sample wines from different Virginia wineries, eat cheese and salami platters, listen to live jazz, explore the mansion and other parts of the estate, and just sit on the east lawn and take in the views.

Notes:
+Fido is welcome! In fact, they even have specialty tours just for you and your best friend.
+Typically, you can only view the first two floors of the mansion. The third floor is open to guests as part of Christmas at Mount Vernon (day after Thanksgiving to January 6).
+To speed things up, recommend buying tickets online.
+There's a shuttle that goes to the distillery and gristmill (included in your admission). The distillery/gristmill is open April 1 through October 31.

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