Address: Located at 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, va 22121 Phone Number for Group Reservations: (703) 799-8688


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  • George Washington’s family home, Mount Vernon is located roughly 15 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 8 miles south of Alexandria, Virginia on the banks of the Potomac River, at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.



  • Address: Located at 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, VA 22121

  • Phone Number for Group Reservations: (703) 799-8688

  • Group Reservations for 20 or more: groups@mountvernon.org

  • They are open 365 days a year!

  • Hours of operation varies – April through August 8 am to 5 pm

  • March, September, and October 9 am to 5 pm

  • November through February 9 am to 4 pm

  • Entrance Fee: Adult Group Admission: $14 & Student Group Admission: $8



Head NE on N Harrison St toward W Grace St

  • Head NE on N Harrison St toward W Grace St

  • Drive 0.4 miles then turn right onto W Leigh St

  • Drive 0.3 miles then turn left onto N Belvidere St

  • Drive 0.1 miles then slight right to merge onto I-64 W /I-95 N toward Washington/Charlottesville

  • Drive 2.8 miles then keep left at the fork to continue on 1-95 N

  • Drive 82.6 miles then take exit 161 to merge onto U.S. 1 N toward Ft Belvoir/Mt Vernon

  • Drive 7.1 miles then turn right onto VA-235 N

  • Drive 3.0 miles then turn right at George Washington Memorial Parkway

  • Drive 79 ft then continue straight

  • Drive 0.2 miles then turn left

  • Drive 0.2 miles then turn left and destination will be on the left.

  • Have fun! 



Wheelchair Use & Availability

  • Wheelchair Use & Availability

  • The buildings on the grounds of Mt Vernon are all wheelchair accessible. However, only the first floor to the Mansion is wheelchair accessible and the 18th century pathways in the historic area can be a little bumpy.

  • Standard, non-motorized wheelchairs and wheeled walkers are available free of charge inside the Ford Orientation Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Lunch Accommodations:

  • After you tour the estate, be sure to make time for a bite to eat. Enjoy classic American favorites in a colonial-inspired setting at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant or quick meals and snacks to go at the Food Court. Hey! We ate our lunch on the bus! 

  • Restrooms and Water Fountains:

  • There are 5 restrooms or “Necessary” as George Washington would have called them! 

    • They are conveniently located throughout the grounds – one is near the food park and gift shop (where you come in), another bathroom is located near the Ford Orientation Center, there is one near Upper Garden, and another bathroom is located near the slave memorial (which is near the Pioneer Farm)
    • They are all wheelchair accessible and located conveniently near a water fountain!
  • Parking:

  • Visitor parking is always free at Mount Vernon. There are parking lots on the east and west sides of the George Washington Memorial Parkway as you approach the entrance. If these parking lots are full, you will be directed to an overflow parking lot. 



Through My Eyes - Step back in time for a 45-minute immersive experience. Join people from Washington’s world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities.

  • Through My Eyes - Step back in time for a 45-minute immersive experience. Join people from Washington’s world, like his granddaughter, personal secretary, or farm manager, as they go about their daily activities.

    • Location: Mansion Circle
    • Cost: $5 per person
    • Offered: Saturday-Sunday, March through December 1:30 pm
  • Dinner for the Washingtons – This one-hour specialty tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the Mansion’s basement. The tour will end in Mount Vernon’s Greenhouse with a special tasting.

    • Location: Mansion Circle
    • Cost: $5 per person
    • Offered: Saturday-Sunday, April through October 12 pm
  • Garden and Landscape Tour – This 45-minute guided tour examines Washington’s brilliant design for the grounds at Mount Vernon. Visit the gardens he created, see some of the original trees that are still standing, and learn how he merged areas for work and leisure to create a master plan for his beloved home.

  • Slave Life Tour – This 45-minute guided tour highlights the lives and contributions of the enslaved people who built and operated Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George and Martha Washington.

    • Offered: Daily, February at 12 pm & Daily , April through October 2 pm
    • Cost: Free with General Admission
  • Signature Tour – Go behind the scenes during your guided exploration of the Mansion to see areas not normally open to guests, including the third floor (where Martha Washington retired after the death of her husband in 1799) and the basement!

    • Offered: Monday-Friday, August through September and select October dates 3:30 pm
    • Cost: Free with General Admission


Vocabulary:

  • Vocabulary:

  • Mansion – A very large, impressive, or stately residence

  • Plantation – A usually large farm or estate, on which, cotton, tobacco, coffee, sugar cane, or the like is cultivated, usually by resident laborers.

  • Surveyor - Someone whose job is to measure and examine an area of land.

  • Dandy – A person who wore fancy clothes will ruffles and lace.

  • Archeologist – A person who looks for things that people made, used, and left behind from the past. In order to study and understand what people were like and how they lived.

  • Purpose of trip:

  • Was to gain an understanding and appreciation of the contributions that George Washington made to and for our country.

  • Civics SOL 2.11 The student will identify George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as Americans whose contributions improved the lives of other Americans.

  • Background knowledge:

  • George Washington’s father purchased 5,000 acres of land which ran along the Potomac River. Mount Vernon was initially called Little Hunting Creek Plantation. After his father’s death, his brother inherited the property and changed the name to Mount Vernon after his Admiral in the British Navy. The house was initially modest in size; however, George made changes and is where he and his wife, Martha lived until his death.



Pre-trip Activity – A month leading up to the 2nd grade field trip to Mount Vernon, we read a chapter book “The Mystery at Mount Vernon.” Each week we would read one or two chapters (22 in all) and discuss the vocabulary words and the things we were going to see and do while at Mount Vernon. This gave the students an opportunity to learn about George Washington’s home and what life was like during that time period in our countries history.

  • Pre-trip Activity – A month leading up to the 2nd grade field trip to Mount Vernon, we read a chapter book “The Mystery at Mount Vernon.” Each week we would read one or two chapters (22 in all) and discuss the vocabulary words and the things we were going to see and do while at Mount Vernon. This gave the students an opportunity to learn about George Washington’s home and what life was like during that time period in our countries history.

  • During-trip Activity – When reading the book we learned about all of the things that we would see at Mount Vernon. While there we did a scavenger hunt to see if we could find all of the things that we had learned about in our book. The students were very excited when they discovered the things while on our field trip.

  • Post-trip Activity – After our field trip we discussed what we had learned about George Washington and what we saw while we were there. We then discussed what life would have been like to live at Mount Vernon when George Washington lived there. 







  • "Upon the decease [of] my wife, it is my Will & desire th[at] all the Slaves which I hold in [my] own right, shall receive their free[dom]. . . . And I do moreover most pointedly, and most solemnly enjoin it upon my Executors hereafter named, or the Survivors of them, to see that th[is cla]use respecting Slaves, and every part thereof be religiously fulfilled at the Epoch at which it is directed to take place; without evasion, neglect or delay, after the Crops which may then be on the ground are harvested, particularly as it respects the aged and infirm; seeing that a regular and permanent fund be established for their support so long as there are subjects requiring it; not trusting to the [u]ncertain provision to be made by individuals."

    • - George Washington's Last Will and Testament, 9 July 1799 


  • “I had rather be at Mount Vernon with a friend or two about me, than to be attended at the seat of government by the officers of state and the representatives of every power in Europe.”









http://www.mountvernon.org/the-estate-gardens/

  • http://www.mountvernon.org/the-estate-gardens/

  • http://www.mountvernon.org/

  • http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/

  • http://www.mountvernon.org/educational-resources/for-teachers/

  • http://www.mountvernon.org/educational-resources/for-students/

  • http://www.gallopade.com/client/client_pages/realkidsrealplaces.html

  • http://www.gallopade.com/Client/PDFs/TechConnect_Mt_Vernon/MV_Scavenger_Hunt.pdf

  • http://www.gallopade.com/Client/PDFs/TechConnect_Mt_Vernon/MV_Talk_About.pdf




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