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“Look but don't touch”

George Washington's Mount Vernon
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Mt Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
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George Washington's Mount Vernon by Water Cruise
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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 September 21, 2013

Upon arriving at Mount Vernon, we promptly parked in the designated area (no charge) and attempted to find our way to the house. The signage was defiantly lacking on the direction to take so we followed the masses (hoping they knew where they were going) The grounds before the gate already presented itself as well maintained. We pre-purchased our tickets on line before the visit which made the transition through the gate very easy. You enter the property directly into the education centre, there is a small gift shop, self guided tapes and a video in this area that can be picked up and enjoyed and then you are "released onto the grounds". The signage on the grounds themselves are much more then in the parking area, plus you get a map at the beginning. We started our tour in the upper garden and greenhouse area. It was lavish and lovely and very enchanting to believe that you were walking on the same paths that George Washington walked on as well. This garden was well maintained and beautiful. The Lady Washington gift shop was there as well. You could shop there, but then you are stuck carrying all your goods through the grounds (which are vast) so beware. we continued on to the blacksmiths shop, which had two men giving a wonderful lesson on the importance of blacksmiths during "the day" and they continued to explain that they actually physically make and repair much of the metal work on the grounds. The houses and structures were very well maintained and tidy. Signs again provided a look back at the importance of each one during its time. Now the mansion.. from the exterior it was enchanting and almost mesmerizing. The tour begins for us in the side wing with the explanation that the "great room" is under reconstruction and is sealed off to dust, which I fully understand but even a look in a window may have been nice. Because they did go on about how wonderful this room was with its vastness and importance in history and decor. You now enter the house from the waterfront porch, lovely again but the "play" now begins.. The foyer grand, with scripted introduction.. the upstairs grand with scripted introduction.. The master bedroom grand with scripted introduction.. keep in mind you are moved along though a roped designated area like cattle going to market.. down the stairs, office and out... you are free again from the roped confines but don't get to excited. As you now meander through the property you are continually reminded to look but not touch. Don't walk on the grass, go only to this part of the garden, don't touch this, don't go there, don't touch that. It becomes almost a slap in the face.. understanding I know that what I would treat with respect others might not, so limit everyone.. Sad... we continued down to the wharf and farm with 16 sided barn.. it was fine but the limits were now getting waring so we continued up to the main entrance and decided our day at Mount Vernon was done..

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RebeccaMV, Public Relations Manager at George Washington's Mount Vernon, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2013

Thank you for the review! I'm sorry you found things unclear when you arrived at the Estate. We typically have staff members out in front of the entrance gate to direct visitors and answer questions. Glad you got to see the Blacksmiths - they do an outstanding job. I hope you'll be able to come back and visit us again when the "New Room" is reopened. It really is beautiful.

I apologize if you felt disrespected by the amount of restrictions on where to go and what to touch. Mount Vernon is actually unique among other historic homes in that the grounds are so expansive and you are able to see so much when you visit. However, you are correct that while we would love to trust that everyone would conduct themselves appropriately when visiting such an important historic landmark - that is not always the case. We have no choice but to put these restrictions in place to protect and preserve the legacy of George Washington and his home.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Highly recommend ... this place is full of history. The grounds are amazing to explore. Enjoyed eating at the restaurant.

Thank debhib
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

George Washington's home and farm has been transformed into a rich educational and inspirational experience - you will learn a lot about the three aspects of his life: farmer, soldier, president. While admission may be a bit on the high side (plus the cost of getting to Mt. Vernon and back - although there is lots of parking and its free), it is well worth the trip if you plan to spend a better part of the day to appreciate the grounds as well as the artifacts. I spent 6 hours taking it all in. There is also a short cruise that lets you see Mt Vernon from the Potomac, however it only runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday at this time of year (September). A lot of what you see is outdoors so its important to pick a nice day to go and visit.

A trip here is like taking a "USA 101" course- it helps develop an understanding of customs and ideals.

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RebeccaMV, Public Relations Manager at George Washington's Mount Vernon, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2013

Thank you for your review! I'm so happy to hear that you came away from your visit to Mount Vernon with a better understanding of who George Washington was.

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We took a boat to Mt. Vernon and spent the day there. This is definately an all day trip. The house is beautiful and historically correct, but there is so much more. The gardens, the slave quarters, the grist mill - it just goes on and on. We learned so much about our first president and his first lady - amazing people. Definately worth your time!

Thank Gary and Lynn K
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

While in National Harbor, we took a boat to Mt. Vernon. We had three hours to tour the attraction, which was not quite enough time. That being said, we made it through the mansion, many of the gardens, most of the outlying buildings and to an old-fashioned craft / demonstrations on the grounds. It was interesting to see the demonstration of how laundry was washed and to see handmade brooms and metalwork. The mansion tour moves quickly but I touched a bannister that George Washington touched! (Okay, along with who knows how many million visitors.) To see his original chair and desk was a true historical moment! The trail through the wooded area is worth the time as well as a visit with two of the horses who are on the grounds. This was a highlight of our trip to the area.

Thank Stawzie
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