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Mount Vernon, George Washington's home

Washington DC, DC, USA

Description

Mount Vernon is George Washington's beloved house on a hill over the Potomac River. It's lovely to get out of the chaos of Washington DC and spend a morning here! First you walk through the gardens to the house and check out the colorful side garden. Then you wait for a few minutes in line at your reserved time to enter the house. You go with your group, entering each room, where a different docent tells you something about the room for a few minutes. It's nice to see the river views as you walk under the pretty archways on the side of the house. This is an easy twenty minute tour, just my style! Most of the house is not musty, except one room.
Next, you can check out the grounds where there are graveyards and farm stalls. 
Then, the best part, take plenty of time to check out the museum about George Washington's life. It's a world-class museum with so many amazing exhibits and such interesting information! Kids enjoy the interactive game you can play where you decide what you would have done in time of war.

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A bucolic scene.

Statues in the foyer.

Stained glass.

The house, and arches.

Garden building.

Flowers in the garden.

Formal garden.

Flowers and walkway.

Palm tree and hedges.

Yellow and purple flowers.

Lanterns leading to the house.

See the water through the arches.

The house.

The patio with views of the water.

Walkway with water views.

Farm.

Looking through trees at the water.

Memorial to the 317 slaves who worked here and in the outlying farms.

George Washington, as a surveyor at age 19.

Interactive areas inside the museum: Who won the French and Indian War?

Reproduction of Martha Washington's wedding shoes worn in 1759. Silk with silver trim.

During the 1760s American patriots tar and feathered British tax collectors.

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the British outnumbered the Americans 10 to 1, but the Americans had a resolve to win, knowledge of the land, and a great leader.

Game where you get to decide what you would have done during the war.

Taking the Presidential oath of office.

George Washington gave this English guitar to Nelly Curtis Lewis.

Directions

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Mount Vernon is located half an hour's drive south of Washington DC. There is plenty of free parking. Reserve your tickets online a day or more ahead to get a good time slot.
The address is 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121.
Open daily 9-5 but you must reserve a time slot online. 
Cost is around $18 for adults and teens, $17 for seniors, $11 for kids aged 6-11, and free for children under age 6. Some maps at your hotel have discount codes in them that you can use online for a discount at this attraction.
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