"Home of great farmer and the first US president !" Top 5 Page for this destination Mount Vernon by matcrazy1

Mount Vernon Travel Guide: 194 reviews and 436 photos

He lived here

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens is large property with the mansion where the first president of the United States, George Washington (1732 - 1799) spent most of his fascinating life, died and was buried.

Apart from very pretty location on a hill by the Potomac River the estate offers great educational value. Did you know?

1. George Washington was a passionate farmer and gardener.

2. He introduced the mule to American agriculture.

3. He was one of US first dedicated composters.

4. There are 13 trees planted personally by Washington in the estate.

5. He was horse lover, avid rider and fox hunter.

6. He is buried in Mount Vernon, not at famous Arlington cemetery.

7. He treated his over 300 slaves far more humanely than do his fellow citizens of Virginia. I do work more now than his slaves over 200 years ago!

Thank you very much for your visit and welcome to a virtual tour around the land where the first US president lived and died.

My wife and I visited Mount Vernon thanks to our friend Nat (b1bob) who gave us his time and great company for two days in Northern Virginia and Washington DC, too. That wasn't part of his original plan. The night before we went up there (to reclaim our lost bags at Dulles) and to join several other VT members (in Arlington), Nat recommended very strongly that we go there. He printed out detailed directions and the whole thing for us, but just before we went to bed that night, we asked him if he would go with us to Mount Vernon and he did :-).

Only 16 miles from downtown Washington!

You would think Mount Vernon would be way off in Virginia's countryside (with all the beautiful forests, farmlands and gardens with over 1-mile wide Potomac River downhill). But Mount Vernon is only 16 miles (26 km) from downtown Washington, DC in the middle of Northern Virginia urban sprawl which stretches almost to Richmond.

George Washington was great farmer!

George Washington played many different roles in the founding of the new American nation: Commander in Chief of the Revolutionary Army, first President and leader of the Constitutional Convention to name a few. I was surprised to get to know that he was one of the most accomplished farmers in America. He took a scientific approach to farming and was one of the first to practice conservation of natural resource.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great historical and educational value, nature (forests, the Potomac River)
  • Cons:Crowded tour guides inside the mansion (and ban on photography there)
  • In a nutshell:Discover the early years of the USA
  • Last visit to Mount Vernon: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 16, 2005
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  • Diana75's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    Just continuing my American tour... and Mount Vernon sounds great. Thanks for the interesting info about the mansion and Washington. Walking down to the Potomac River, this is what I'd love to do.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2005 at 10:38 AM

    Another one of your fantastic pages. Very interesting, Matt

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2005 at 2:32 PM

    Too bad about that ban on photography in the Mansion. But even so, you have put together a very informative and comprehensive page. (It's been years -- or rather decades -- since my visit to Mount Vernon.)

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2005 at 10:09 AM

    What a great page into history. I have not been there since I was 12 years old! Next stop for us: Australia!

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2005 at 12:35 AM

    another great page Matt with so much info. It was very busy when we were there but we had a great time.

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2005 at 4:19 PM

    Great page Matt! Lovely pictures and very comprehensive tips! I especially liked the Sixteen-Sided Barn. The problem with Mules of course is that they are sterile, so can't reproduce!

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2005 at 1:34 PM

    Very informative page about the first president of the US's house

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2005 at 5:20 AM

    Huge and informative page Matt! Great work!!! :-)) I would love to visit Mount Vernon! Hahaha, but I am glad I didn't live in those days seeing the tip about the "Washing dishes in the past". Hahaha, I can't live without my dishwasher, LOL :-)))

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2005 at 4:13 PM

    I visited Mount Vernon many years ago, and reading your page brought back memories of my visit.

  • Azhut's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2005 at 6:17 AM

    I always love your pages, full of infos and beautiful pics!!XXXXXXXXXXXX


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