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Mount Vernon (Virginia)

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George Washington's Mansion, on his Mount Vernon estate

Mount Vernon is a district in Fairfax County, Virginia. Located on the Potomac River, it was the home of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America.

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Car[edit]

Mount Vernon is 13 miles south of Washington, D.C.. It can be accessed by the George Washington Parkway, which runs through the eastern part of Fairfax County from I-495 to the northwest, to George Washington's plantation to the south. Along the way, it passes through Arlington and Old Town Alexandria. Washington National Airport is located along the parkway. Since it is a parkway, it is very pleasantly scenic, and is a tourist attraction in and of itself.

Public Transportation[edit]

Take the yellow metro line until the last stop at Huntington. Then take the Fairfax connector bus 101 [1] (703) 339-7200 until its last stop at Mount Vernon. Buses depart approximately every hour and the bus ride is about half an hour.

Bus Tour[edit]

You can take a bus tour from Washington DC to Mount Vernon.

  • Tourmobile [2] (202) 554–5100 offers a tour of Alexandria and Mount Vernon, daily June 15 through Labor Day ($32 adults, $16 children). The fare includes admission to Mount Vernon. Departs 11am from Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Gray Line [3] (800) 862-1400 offers another tour of Alexandria and Mount Vernon, daily except New Year, Thanksgiving and Christmas ($55 adults, $30 children). Departs 8am from Union Station.

Get around[edit]

Getting around is done by walking, which is not hard because Mt. Vernon is a nice small place.

See[edit][add listing]

Life sized model of General George Washington
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, [4]. Hours are: April through August, 8AM–5PM, March, September, and October, 9AM–5PM, November through February, 9AM–4PM. Tour the original mansion that George Washington built, lived, and died in. Admission is $19 for adults, $14 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (6-11), and free for children 5 and under.
    • The Mansion Tour. The main attraction: see the rooms that George Washington designed himself and their majestic setting over the Potomac River. This is the only guided portion of the estate, with tours running continuously. Long lines are common so consider doing this first. No photography allowed.  edit
    • Washington's Tomb. The final resting places of George Washington and his wife Martha. Tribute at the Tomb ceremonies take place at 10AM and 2PM, April - October.  edit
    • Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Educational Center. Museum of multimedia exhibits which span the life of George Washington. Don't miss the most famous dentures in history!  edit
    • Slave Memorial and Burial Ground. A memorial honoring the slaves who lived and worked at Mount Vernon. Slave Life at Mount Vernon tours are offered at 10AM, 12PM, and 2PM, April - October, and start at the Mansion.  edit
  • George Washington's Whiskey Distillery and Gristmill, (Located on Route 235, three miles south of Mount Vernon Estate), [5]. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; April - October. Watch the water-powered mill operate as it did at the time when George Washington developed it as a cutting edge technology. $4 Adults, $2 Children. Combined with Mount Vernon admission; $2 Adults, $1.50 Children.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Potomac River Sightseeing Cruises, (Departing from the Wharf inside the Mount Vernon Estate), [6]. Tuesday - Sunday. Take in the beautiful setting of the Mount Vernon Estate on a 30-minute narrated tour of the river. In addition to Estate admission: $9 Adults, $5 Children.  edit
  • George Washington: Pioneer Farmer Site, (Part of the Mount Vernon Estate; 5 minute walk south of the mansion). A 4-acre, colonial farm exhibition highlighting the buildings, tools, and techniques Washington used on the site.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The Lady Washington Shop, (Inside Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, near the Upper Gardens). Colonial gift shop with a feminine theme featuring chinaware, needlework, and garden items.  edit
  • The Shops at Mount Vernon, (Near the main gate), (703) 799-6301. March-October 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., November-February 9:00 am.- 5:00 pm. Large gift shop which includes the largest George Washington bookstore in the world, a Christmas Corner with year-round holiday themed gifts, and colonial reproduction gifts. (No admission necessary to enter).  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, (Right by the entrance to the Estate), (703) 780-0011, [7]. 11AM-3:30PM daily, save holidays. Elegant dining with a colonial theme. Open for lunch and candlelit dinners (reservations recommended). The turkey pot pie is a must. $20-35 (lunch from $8).  edit


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Get out[edit]

  • Washington, D.C. - Explore America's national capital
  • Arlington - Location of the Pentagon, Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Statue), and Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Alexandria - former hometown to famous American heroes and rebels that claims some of the richest history in the DC metro area
  • Visitors to President Washington's plantation at Mount Vernon may also want to visit Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, James Monroe's home, Ash Lawn Highland, or James Madison's home, Montpelier, all near Charlottesville, Virginia.


Routes through Mount Vernon
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