The new museum at George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon has much to offer the entire family, I love the grounds/gardens/home/farm/barns, but what made the day for my less easily impressed 10-year-old son was the ($5 extra) National Treasure tour. In the Disney movie (Nicolas Cage) National Treasure 2, Ben lures the president of the United States into the basement of Mt. Vernon, where they press a metal plate (really there) to open a secret tunnel passageway toward the Potomac. Our tour guide used photos from the movie filming to show what was and was not accurate, and how they filmed the movie without harming this important historical site. The arched brickwork storage rooms in the basement are there, with herringbone brick floors. Is there a tunnel? Yes, but it may not be where you expect. See it all and then rent the movie for further enjoyment. Mount Vernon is great!
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