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George Washington's Mount Vernon
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 31, 2013

When you get sick of dealing with the rude crowds up around the National Mall, you really must take a drive south and visit this IMPRESSIVE landmark. There is so much to see. It took us three and half hours and we still didn't see it all. Well worth the $17 admission.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We visited Mount Vernon for the first time in many years. We were very impressed with the changes and the additions that have been made. The new Orientation Center and the Museum are both excellent especially the films. We visited all the outdoor attractions and enjoyed them. We had lunch at the Martha Washington Inn on the grounds which was OK. All the staff we interfaced with were very friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately for us, it was spring break and the place was over run by school kids who really didn't appear to be interested in much other than the gift shop. We arrived around 10 AM and were informed that we could not get tickets for the house before 1:40 PM due the the tour groups having first priority. So we didn't get to tour the house. The lesson learned is don't go here in March and April if you want to enjoy the full effect of this magnificant historic attraction. But everyone should make an effort to visit this historic shrine to the Father of our Country.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Though this estate is a little bit of a drive, it is WONDERFUL! The kids were able to run around and roll on the beautiful hills in front of the estate. The working farm and the employees there were eager to discuss issues of the day with the children in a way that was meaningful to them. Spring!!! meant baby animals. Discussions of the complexities of southern culture were meaningful and stimulated further conversation regarding bigotry.

Even if the weather is poor, the Reynold's Educational Center can keep the entire group engaged for a couple of hours. We didn't even go to the mansion because we had so many other areas to explore.

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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Of all of the national and historic sites, Mount Vernon is one of the rare one's that has something for everyone. The mansion and outbuilding are of course lovely, impeccably maintained and always interesting. The docents friendly, engaging and interesting. The acreage, crops, animals and vistas spectacular. The symmetry of architecture and appointments iconic. And the gift shops and Inn tasty. I kind of expected all of that. What I did not expect was the first class education centers and museum that has been installed since I last visited. And the addition of a "Behind the scenes: National Treasure 2 Tour" was fantastic for the kids and the movie buffs. Don't expect elaborate scenes. But if you are open and interested in the magic of Hollywood, you will find the tour enlightening -- both on the entertainment and history front. All in all a fabulous attraction that has few peers. Highly recommend!!

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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Sat on the back porch and watched an eagle fly down over the Patomac. Lovely grounds with fantastic actors recreating history - especially a young man playing the"General"s valet. One docent in the house (early morning dining room duty, October 8th 2012) needs to retire - robotic and bored; however she could not spoil our enjoyment and delight at being in the home where our very first president spent so much time. Saw some demonstrations, and walked the gounds at a stroll. Visited the Orientation center last, in an effort to beat any crowds to the home tour etc. That worked out fine. 9 yr old grandaughter and I spent 4 1/2 hrs at the estate and huslted to catch the boat back to DC. Could have spent one hour more. We brought snacks along and purchased no food. Very glad we included this in our long weekend in DC.

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