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George Washington's Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon; credit: Ad Meskens, Wikimedia Commons
Visitors to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, will find evidence of a man even more astonishing than the history books describe.

The first American president and the hero of the American Revolution was clearly a man of great energy and great wealth.

During his life, he expanded his plantation from 2,000 to 8,000 acres. The Mansion House grew from six rooms to 23 rooms.

It is not just the size of the original property that must have been so impressive in the 1700s.

Although most of that land has been sold and 500 acres remain, what is still impressive is the mansion, the dozen outbuildings, four gardens and the various projects that Washington undertook during his life, despite lengthy absences for the Revolutionary War and the presidency.

Visitors also can see Washington's tomb, a four-acre working farm with with a re-creation of Washington's 16-sided treading barn and also 25 galleries and theaters at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center and Ford Orientation Center.

The farm is a five-minute walk from the mansion and located next to the Wharf on the Potomac River.

Facilities include ample parking, shops, bookstores, restaurants and a food court.


The mansion reflects Washington’s own guidance on design, construction and decoration. Over time, it grew from one and a half stories to two and a half stories and 11,000 square feet.

The mansion’s exterior is unusual because it uses a building technique called rustication. It appears to be stone, but it’s actually made from wood. The wood was bevelled to look like stone blocks. Sand was thrown onto wet paint to give it a texture that made it look even more like stone.

Revolutionary War Theater

The Revolutionary War Theater is a popular attraction that showcases Washington’s three major war campaigns.

A renovation of the theater means it now has 4D special effects including animations, cannon fire, fog, falling snow and other effects.

Hours and Location

Hours: April through August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September and October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November through February: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Mount Vernon
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, 22121
Telephone: (703) 780-2000
Web site:
Cost: Adults: $15; Senior Citizens 62+: $7; Children 5 and under: free
Latitude: 38.711261
Longitude: -77.08715

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