We had been here several years ago and came back because the kids are older and now we are homeschooling. My girls (age 9 & 11) and I spent six hours here and wish we'd had more time. We went on a weekday, so it wasn't crowded and we didn't even go down by the gristmill and fields or ferry. We spent most of the day walking around the grounds looking at the animals, the gardens, the outbuildings and George's and Martha's tombs. We also took the tour through the main house and spent some time out back enjoying the fall sunshine and views of the river. We also spent a while in the blacksmith shop because there was a man in there operating the forge and making authentic items (hinges etc.) that would be used around the farm. It was very interesting to watch and talk to him.
I didn't expect to spend as long as we did at Mt. Vernon. I also didn't know about the museum because it was new since I'd been there the last time. By the time we got to the museum (about 3:30) my girls were STARVING and the main food areas were closed. We got some junk snacks to tide us over and then I forced them to spend about an hour in the museum. It was fabulous and I wish we had left more time for it. We really rushed through and didn't even watch all of the great movies, but we did sit down to see one on Washington's battles and it's an interactive theater and it actually SNOWS in there!
I would go back again in a heartbeat if I had the chance, and this time start with the museum!
Oh yeah, I was able to find a Groupon to get the entrance fee half off, so keep your eyes open.
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