George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mount Vernon
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesArchitectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Come share the fascinating moments of America’s first family with yours at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Explore the beautiful mansion and grounds and get to know the man, the ideas and the values that founded a nation. Dive into history through action-packed theaters, fascinating exhibits and meet characters from Washington’s world. Admire the view of the peaceful Potomac, or hop on board a sightseeing cruise. It’s a place where history truly comes to life.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • teknoge3k
    Rocky Mount, Virginia1,554 contributions
    Great place to visit!
    Mount Vernon is a fantastic place to visit. I highly recommend the mansion tour. You get to see both floors including Washingtons bedroom, Martha's desk, the kitchen, and many rooms. It's very cool to see stuff that old. We also got to see all of the buildings on the grounds including George & Marthas tomb.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 20, 2023
  • justalittlebitocd
    Melbourne, Australia410 contributions
    Absolutely beautiful
    we really enjoyed our day at Mt Vernon. It was very relaxing and a change of scenery to the normal Washington sites ​​ ​​Day trip approx 1hr 30 travel time each way on public transport - Take the Metro to the Huntington Station. From there , take the Fairfax Connector Bus 101 to Mount Vernon ​​OR ​​we Ubered. It took 30 mins and cost US$45 ​​ ​​Grounds pass $26 ​​Mansion tour $2pp ​​National treasure tour $10pp ​​enSlaved people tour $0 ​​Many other tours available ​​ ​​Grounds passes include Mount Vernon's self-guided audio tour of over 30 locations in the Historic Area . We chose to just walk around and drink it in versus being wired up ​​ ​​We entered at nine . Our mansion tour wasn’t til ten so we had an hour to spare. In that time we watched an info video then headed straight to George Washington tomb and the slave memorial. Also Had time to look at the old family tomb and slave quarters ​​ ​​We then joined our mansion tour line at ten and waited in the shade til 10.20am. It’s a guided tour in the mansion and done in about 30mins ​​ ​​We also did the National Treasure tour which in our opinion was a bit of a waste. Note this tour takes you on a longer walk and involves walking back up the hill unless you catch the shuttle back up . The shuttle takes you to the exit versus back to the mansion so make sure you have finished all the other sites and tours you want to do ​​ ​​there is a cafe and restaurant there for lunch and a lovely gift shop
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Subteach10
    Asheville, North Carolina381 contributions
    Great history
    Great history and the grounds are very walkable. The view from the porch is spectacular and I recommend doing the ferry ride for a unique perspective of the house. The only complaint I had was how rude a lot of the tourists can be. You are expressly told not to lean on the house or other buildings so they can keep them preserved and people just don't listen.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Kelly s
    6 contributions
    4th of July fun!
    We visited on the 4th of July, 2023. Myself, 15 year old son and 10 year old son (who has requested to "see where George Washington's bones are buried!" since he was 5!) Hot and lovely! There were a few hiccups in the schedule for the day however it was still amazing to be there. We did the grounds tour and the mansion tour. Generals Washington and Rochambeau addressed the crowd just before the daytime fireworks. What an experience for us, as we are from south Louisiana and our youngest is in French Immersion. Although he got very nervous when greeting the General in French, we lucked out in chatting and being there when he was there. FYI on the water stations: There are only water fountains so refilling water bottles is rather difficult. I have emailed to suggest this facility improvement. Lunch and parking on big event days are rather stressful if you are new to Mt. Vernon. Get there earlier, at least 30-45 min prior to the first event starting. We missed out on Washington addressing the troops due to lots full and the shuttle not starting until 10 a.m. The lunch situation: go to the restaurant earlier than normal lunch time or later. If choosing the food court, get in line to order, wait for food, then pay. Have someone reserve your table and be mindful not to just sit and chat after as seating inside on a very hot day is limited. The panini sandwich was delicious. You don't have to stand in the regular line for that. It's a LOT of walking so be prepared. Kids will melt down if it's hot. Don't miss out on the museum pieces! Also, there are free audio guides available! Don't pass up the chance to visit. There are renovations going on for the basement currently but nothing stopping the exploration. Plan for the day and weather appropriately because going back to the car for anything is a feat lol! We loved it here!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Gone Coastal
    Surfside Beach, South Carolina64 contributions
    Amazing views
    Go out of your way to see this if necessary. We spent time walking the grounds and gardens before our tour time. Signs lead the way and give detailed explanation of each structure and area. Beautifully restored structures and of course the President's home. Sweeping views from the patio are amazing. Something about seeing where Washington passed away really did silence everyone as they passed by his bedroom. ASK questions! The guides were a wealth of knowledge on even the smallest of details regarding the workings of the estate and of course the history of the home and it's many visitors.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • BougieKnight
    Akron, Ohio194 contributions
    Excellent historic property and tour
    Our family very much enjoyed this historic site and tour. We spent about 90minutes here due to our travel needs, but a family easily could spent 3-4 hours. the docents were knowledgeable of the history and interplay of the property both to Washington's persaonl history, as well as the larger colonial and revolutionary period. Many 'original' items remain. George and Martha's tombs are on site. Excellent stop on our trip. The food court was surprisingly large and varied! If we had extra time we would have enjoyed the more in depth tour option.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Tammy L
    2 contributions
    Historic Gem
    We bought tickets in advance & everything went smoothly. The guides in the mansion were well-informed and knowledgeable about the history; they answered questions & were able to keep the group moving. We walked a portion of the property & also took a shuttle. Audio devices were available at no extra cost. Beautiful views of the Potomac as we stepped back into the 1800s. Worth the ride!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Jodi K
    4 contributions
    Worth a visit for sure!
    Loved our visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The tour of the mansion and grounds is just fascinating. We were there for about 5 hours which felt just about right. You definitely want to save time for the museum and the films they have there. The food court has reasonably priced food that’s surprisingly good. Lastly, if you love a good gift shop like I do, this one doesn’t disappoint. We went to Mount Vernon after a few days seeing the sites in DC. While you can take the bus and metro to MV, it was 2 hours from Silver Spring. We just took an Uber instead. The MV staff was so gracious and they locked our luggage up for us in the gate house. We took an Uber from MV to Reagan Natl Aiport. Order your Uber ahead of time as there wasn’t one close by. There were taxis sitting at the entrance to MV though so that’s an option. Anyway - MV is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,866 contributions
    Great educational mansion tour and visit to the grounds of Mount Vernon
    This past July I visited Mount Vernon with my wife, daughter and three grandsons. We had a great educational mansion tour and visit around the grounds. It was fascinating to see how Mr. and Mrs. Washington decorated the mansion. The grounds reflect the outbuildings that were needed to operate the farm. It was also enlightening to see the slave quarters with its bunks. I’m glad my grandsons got to see the first president’s home and got an idea about the operation of his farm.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 17, 2024
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Lyra S
Huntingdon, PA94 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We went on a Saturday in January, so not everything was running, but you can’t beat how few people were there! Some areas we really did have completely to ourselves. Be aware some paths are closed off during the winter months. Staff were VERY quick to help and were always friendly. Only disappointment was that we paid for the 45 minute “specialty tour.” While our guide was knowledgeable and funny, I wouldn’t say it’s worth the extra. Just take the normal tour and give an extra donation if you want to! Aside from that, we had a great day. Everything is very tasteful, and I appreciate how they don’t shy away from some of the uglier parts of history, but use it all to teach about a man who had many contradictions in his life, but led his country when he was needed most. This is a must see for all!
Written January 4, 2020
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Written January 13, 2020
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Renee C
5 contributions
Mar 2020
During a visit to the Washington D.C. area my family and I had an occasion to visit George Washington's Mount Vernon and join the Enslaved Peoples Tour conducted by Mr. Gogo. Not knowing what to expect I would say that I fully enjoyed every part of the tour and would absolutely return to take this tour again. Mr. Gogo takes you through the lives and daily activities of the Enslaved People with great knowledge and compassion. The tour ends with a wreath laying ceremony at the Slave Memorial and Cemetery. The memorial done by Howard University students. We were given background as to why to memorial was given its shape and its significance. The ceremony is an absolute must with a very nice keepsake given to all. ( I won't give it away. You must go and receive the keepsake for yourself.) Here there is ongoing work being done to locate the burial sites and these sites are being memorialized with white symbolic markers. We had an opportunity to meet one of the engineers working on the project and he took the time to speak with us about the project. I look forward to revisiting to see this completed. This site is breath taking. There is also an Enslaved Peoples Museum that we were able to do once the tour was finished which reinforced tour and was a great follow up. It was a great afternoon.
Written March 13, 2020
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out-of-here-arizona
Sun City West, AZ222 contributions
Sep 2022
My husband and I took the "Through My Eyes" tour which is about 90 minutes, totally worth the price. The historian/tour guide was dressed in period clothing portrayed himself as Washington's private assistant/secretary. The historian had extensive scholarly knowledge of the enslaved and of General Washington as a commander and our first President and of his life with Martha while living at Mt. Vernon. The historian was extremely thorough and kept his audience fully engaged in his talk. The grounds of Mt. Vernon are beautiful.
Written September 19, 2022
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TimNHolly
Spencer, IN70 contributions
Oct 2020
We loved being able to see the preserved Mt Vernon. The Mansion tour is limited to 1st floor and the guide does not talk during time inside the house both due to COVID restrictions; however, she will explain before entering and answer any questions upon exit. It did feel a little disappointing but the rest of the experience was wonderful. We also took the National Treasure tour and the Enslaved People tour. They were both interesting and we learned quite a bit about the family and the property. The view from the back of the house is awesome - don't miss it. Our guides were all very friendly and knowledgeable. It is a large property to walk - with a hill - wear your walking shoes.
Written October 23, 2020
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Timothy L. Campbell
Arnold, MD240 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Had a great day here at President George And Martha Washington’s estate! The foundation does a great job of preserving and maintaining one of our most historic locations.
We had a very colourful guide who escorted us through the mansion giving the group great insight and explaining the work to bring the estate back to its original glory thoroughly explaining the uses of each room back in the eighteenth century. He even took the time to go through several outlining building and showed the building’s expansion over the years the Washington’s spent here.
Please to not forget to pay homage to our countries first President’s by visiting his and his wife’s grave.
Great views of the Potomac river throughout the estate.
Loved it and can’t believe I haven’t been here in over two decades. My mistake!
Written February 4, 2020
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Thank you for your visit and for taking a moment to share your feedback. Our leadership team has thoroughly reviewed your comments. We are all delighted that we could provide you with such a meaningful experience at Washington’s beloved estate.
Written February 10, 2020
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MrWil_low
174 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
This is very clearly a "must do" for school and coach parties. As a result bits are crowded with people ticking the place off their lists. The price is about what I'd expect for a National Trust property in the UK, although charging a couple of bucks extra to see the inside the house struck me as a tad cheeky, given that most of the visitors have come solely to see this.

The orientation building is a predictable mix of panegyric to the great man (really well done) with a fair bit on how nasty slavery was. Curiously the two don't overlap.

Even with timed tickets, the queues for the house were long. The marshals were doing their best but a 40 minute wait in 36 degrees isn't "good". Once inside the room stewards gave quick talks to groups coming through; they must have been giving the same speech every 3-4 minutes but still seemed cheerful. You aren't exactly pushed through but I left with a firm memory of what the back of the head of the person in front of me looked like.

The plus side is that most visitors didn't seem to go much further than the house and its environs. Go a bit further and the guides seemed more engaged and had more time to speak. That was true of the slave cemetery and the mill with the nearby reconstructed slave cabin.
Written August 23, 2023
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1audgirl
Stavros, Greece38 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
We came here with a tour group who provided us the tickets at the ticket window, so we were not aware there was a visitors center with more information.

The man that our tour guide checked in with at the clock was extremely churlish and said we could not enter until all our party was together. He yelled at us to back up so that another group could get in before us despite our allotted time of 4pm.

The "mansion" tour is woefully lacking as you are hearded along, and spoken to sharply if you do not. One of the staff in the study room, actually yelled at a guest in our group and basically treated him as if he were a criminal. When others explained that he did not understand English, the staff member said "I don't care. We've seen him in here before. He knows what he's doing wrong". Very shocking and upsetting to hear from someone who is working with people visiting from around the world. Was also disappointed that they were not in period dress, as some other museums have done to engage guests more in the experience. If not for the auditory devices that are handed out, you would learn very little about George and Martha Washington or the estate.

Due to medical reasons, my sister and I needed to use the restroom and get something hot to drink as it was cold. You have to walk all the way back to the entrance (no restroom on the grounds) only to be told we could not re-enter to complete looking at the grounds

What we got to see of the grounds was interesting. I would suggest skipping the house tour, not only for it's lack of content but mainly to not have to interact with the rude staff.

Basically would never visit here again due to the complete rudeness of the staff.

Written June 1, 2021
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Benjamin M
119 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
The grounds are well kept, and interpreted frequently.
The staff stationed around the estate were very friendly. But the tour of the house was hurried and disappointing. Once you were rushed through the house (first floor only), you weren't allowed to go back through.
Overall, I can check it off my list. But I probably wouldn't return.
Written November 8, 2020
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,251 contributions
Jul 2021
I visited George Washington's Mount Vernon in July 2021. I bought my ticket online in advance - Mount Vernon Grounds Pass plus a visit to the mansion. I arrived in the parking lot at about 10 am and walked to the entrance. There is strict security. At the front desk, the staff were kind enough to move my mansion visit from 12:45 pm to 12 noon. I walked towards the mansion and visited the Upper and Lower Gardens. Next, I visited George Washington's tomb. Martha was next to him. There were two obelisks and it was crowded with visitors who wanted to view George Washington's grave. I then walked down to the Wharf with a beautiful view of the Potomac River. I walked back towards George Washington's tomb and visited the Slave Memorial. I got in line for the 12 noon mansion visit. The ground floor and first floor were open to visitors. There was a guide stationed in each room who told us about the history of each room. The study, dining room, bedroom and other rooms were very interesting. The mansion visit took around 30 minutes.
Once finished with the mansion, I visited the adjoining buildings and again there was a nice view of the Potomac River. It was a very hot day so it is important to bring and drink water during your visit. Luckily, there is a concession stand set up across from the entrance to the mansion so I bought a diet coke there. Unfortunately the museum about George Washington was closed. On the way out I briefly visited shops and there were some small restaurants and a food court. My entire visit took around 3 hours and it was fantastic.
Written July 24, 2021
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Colin H
Looe, UK389 contributions
May 2022
This was one of five experiences we had with Tom Schultz from DC Military Tours.

As other reviewers have said, Mount Vernon is a very busy historical site and the tour of the house is controlled room-by-room. You may want to try and go around twice if you feel you have missed something the first time around.
The two museums are very fine. One has interesting exhibits about the conservation and preservation of the house and contents and the other displays (including fine digitally produced likenesses of Washington at various ages) of the first President's life.

Tom added much value to the house tour and to the museum exhibits with his additional knowledge and insight, especially in relation to the experiences of the enslaved at Mount Vernon and the familial relationships with that of Robert E. Lee. He also kindly stopped briefly at the Air Force Memorial and Pentagon 9/11 Memorial on the way to the site as a quick follow-up of one of our other tours from earlier in the week.

Tom is much more than a tour guide. He is a historian who also has the knowledge and experience of a 20 year Navy veteran. On a practical level he picks up from your accommodation and drops you back at the end of the tour.

Tom's knowledge is extensive as you would expect. That said, his superpower, if you like, is the ability to pitch and flex your experience to exactly what you are interested in. This is how Tom added the stops mentioned above prior to our trip to Mt. Vernon. Tom doesn't follow a set route or script, he's too good for that, and he will 'call an audible' if he thinks a stop somewhere would be interesting for you as his listens to your questions and comments.

Tom's enthusiasm for history is obvious and somewhat infectious, and this makes him a perfect guide. If you want a guide to Mount Vernon, Tom's your man.
Written May 29, 2022
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