George Washington's Mount Vernon

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3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA, USA

George Washington's Mount Vernon Reviews

vances vances
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Feeling Presidential Jun 25, 2017
If you endeavor to witness Presidential homes, it seems inconceivable to leave Mount Vernon off the list. I will share the traffic and tourist crowds place this at the top of the list of most stressful presidential homes I have visited, but at the end of the day it is not miserable and there is a wonderful payoff for enduring the crowds..

Mount Vernon is a splendid plantation, and folks often overlook how focused George was on improving agricultural opportunity for broader America. A farmer at heart, the nation’s first president devoted great time and effort attempting to develop new crops for successful exploitation in the New World. This is underscored by the sheer number of green sites on campus at Mount Vernon.

In addition to the lovely Upper Garden is George’s Botanical Garden, a tiny spot where he devoted great personal time trying to nurture various imports (usually without success). A nursery is on the premises, as is a greenhouse and a delightful forest trail. If you need an escape from the big city of Washington, DC, Mount Vernon is the ticket! As an aside, there is an excellent bike trail running from downtown directly here, so please keep that in mind as another way to get here (you can rent bikes in Alexandria).

Of course the prime attraction is George and Martha’s mansion, and you will find a time printed on your admission ticket for when to queue for this tour (you are free to wander aimlessly everywhere else once inside). Unfortunately this is too mass production oriented for my liking. A victim of success, the crush of visitors mandates the masses be expediently shepherded through – you simply get paraded through the rooms with attendants reciting their monologue and no opportunity for savoring or posing questions. No photography permitted inside.

The self-guided balance of exploring the grounds is more productive. Tastefully appointed and adequately documented, sites such as slave quarters (separate for men and women), blacksmith shop, shoemaker shop and overseer’s quarters are engaging and offer a richer taste of the times. Despite the stifling crowds, Mount Vernon contains a bounty of interesting spots which disperse the multitudes.

I found it refreshing to be most struck by the luscious views from the plantation over the Potomac River Valley just the same as twenty years ago. This is an incredible setting and I remain jealous that George was able to call it home.
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Paulovic says:
Some people simply have other homes than others. ;)
Posted on: Oct 21, 2017
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WalterC WalterC
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The home of the very first President Aug 24, 2017
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the home and estate that belonged to the first President of the United States. Located in Fairfax County in Virginia.

You can get there by car. Or by public transportation, which is a combination of the Metro and bus. First, the Metro to Huntington Ave, then Bus #101, which is a 20-minute bus ride to Mount Vernon. Once you get there, there are 4 components of a visit to this place.

Starting with the Ford Orientation Center, where you can watch an introduction film. And the film is divided into 2 parts, with the first part being an overview of the attraction, hosted by Pat Sajak. And the second part being a short film on George Washington himself, which is about 25 minutes. Personally, if time is limited, I would just skip all of this. The first part was interesting, but the second one is just too long, and a bit dull.

Next is the estate grounds, which is huge! Will you be able to see everything? That depends on your time and energy. And the time of year, as half of the grounds is not shaded at all. The highlights for me, were the slave quarters, tombs of both George and Martha and slave memorial. There are other buildings, where the different servants stayed and worked. Plus some farm animals on display, along with a bunch of gardens. Definitely worth walking around, as I did find this part enjoyable.

And there is the mansion itself, which can only be seen on a guided tour. You will have to pick a time, and meet at some spot. I would say, the mansion tour is very much worth it, as you get to see the rooms themselves, which look very nice. The only downside of this part, is that photography is not allowed at all, while inside. And don’t forget to take in the views, behind the mansion, that includes the Potomac River.

And finally, the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, which itself, is 2 separate sub-parts. The Education Center is the part that tells the story of George Washington’s life. And yes, you get to see the dentures that he wore. And no, they are not made of wood. The Museum part is a rotating, temporary exhibition on different aspects of GW. This entire place should not be missed. Photography is allowed in the Education Center, but NOT allowed in the Museum. Also, this part closes one hour after the grounds close, but the web site does not mention this at all. When I went, I assumed the entire attraction closes at 5pm, but the Museum and Education Center actually closed at 6pm.

A visit to Mount Vernon is very much worth it, especially if you are a history buff. A very good day trip out of Washington DC, I do think it does provide a change of pace, away from the city. Give yourself an entire day if you can, as this is an attraction that should not be rushed at all.
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vicIII says:
I see those are truly sacred place to visit...I was only in Fairfax Station and in Alexandria, which were also somehow connected with George Washington and his friends...
Posted on: Sep 27, 2017

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