George Washington's Mount Vernon is at the s. end of George Washington Memorial Pkwy., overlooking the Potomac River at 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy. George Washington's residence at Mount Vernon, from 1759 until his death in 1799, was interrupted by his tenure as president. George and Martha Washington rest in two marble sarcophagi within the family tomb vault.
John Washington, great-grandfather of George, was granted land on the upper Potomac between Little Hunting Creek and Dogue Run, which became the Mount Vernon homesite in 1674. Washington family members occupied Mount Vernon over the years, and in 1761, George acquired the plantation, enlarging and improving the mansion and estate.
The mansion has been restored to appear as it was during the last year of Washington's life and contains much of the original furniture. Displays include the bed in which Washington died and the key to the Bastille, presented to him by the Marquis de Lafayette. Visitors can tour Washington's tomb, gardens and 12 outbuildings. The Pioneer Farmer site offers hands-on activities and contains a reconstruction of Washington's round barn, where horses walk the second floor threshing wheat seasonally.
Various guided tours of the grounds are offered April through October. In mid-September, the Colonial Market and Fair at Mount Vernon features puppet and magic shows, sword-swallowers, fire-eaters and gypsies.
Note: Baby strollers and photography are not permitted inside the mansion.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.
(includes Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, Ford Orientation Center, George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill, pioneer farm and outbuildings) $20; $19 (ages 62+); $10 (ages 6-11). Grounds audio tour $6.
Hours: Daily 9-5, Apr.-Oct.; 9-4, rest of year. Grounds are cleared 30 minutes after closing.