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Mount Vernon--George Washington's Home

Mount Vernon was the home of the first President of the United States, George Washington and wife, Martha. They lived here from 1759 until his death in 1799, acquiring 8000 acres by that time.

At 16 George Washington worked as a surveyor for Lord Fairfax. He was commissioned a lieutenant colonel in 1754 and fought in the early stirrings of the French and Indian war. He served in the Virginia House of Burgesses, was a Virginia delegate to the Second Continental Congress and elected as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in 1775. He became President of the United States in 1789 and served until 1797.

Mount Vernon overlooks the Potomac River and features heirloom gardens designed by Washington himself. Thirteen trees still stand from the days he lived here.

Originally five separate farms were part of the estate. Each farm contributing something different to the running of the estate. The house that exists now was referred to as the Mansion House Farm.

Admission prices are $11 for adults; $10.50 for seniors; $5 for children 6-11 and free for ages 5 and under. Mount Vernon opens Apr.-Aug. 8 am-5pm; Mar, Sept. & Oct. 9am -5 pm; Nov.-Feb. 9 am-4 pm. Open daily even during holidays.

The address is 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mt. Vernon, Virginia. For more information call: 703-780-2000 or see www.mountvernon.org

Gardens--Inspired beauty

General George Washington applied his hand at designing the gardens of Mount Vernon. Heirloom plants were raised here.

George Washington's tomb

There are two crypts at Mount Vernon, but this is the final resting place for the former President.

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  • Pros:Historical setting; famous people; beautiful views
  • In a nutshell:I can see why this was a beloved home!
  • Last visit to Mount Vernon: Apr 2002
  • Intro Updated Sep 22, 2006
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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2010 at 6:48 AM

    Would love to see Mount Vernon! I love visiting such places. Recently enjoyed visiting Chatham near Fredericksburg, VA during the VT meet there.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Beautiful site. I've been so close...but never there. I'm sure their gardens are fabulous.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Hi Veronica :) How I love visiting gardens & I did enjoy your references to George Washington's contributions!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Howdy, Veronica! Many thanks for all your nice pages! ~ Take care ! ~

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Veronica thanks for the information on GW-and on the very first "White House". The gardens were truly a work of love for him- they are magnificent.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Nice page on Mt. Vernon. I'd like to go there. I haven't been to the area in 40 years.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    I loved Mt Vernon - a gracious home , fit for a President and his very capable wife indeed. leyle

  • Hopkid's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 6:29 AM

    Don't know if you know but Mt Vernon recently completed a major renovation/restoration. I'd be curious how it compares to when you were there.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2006 at 4:47 AM

    What a lovely page on Mount Vernon. I didn't know that America's first president - Washington - was such an avid gardener. Interesting!

  • Aug 3, 2006 at 9:57 AM

    Hi Veronica, I really enjoyed your detailed and factual tour of the Gardens, they look so well cared for today. Thankyou for sharing - regards Martin


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