Commander in Chief of American forces in the Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States, George Washington called Mount Vernon home for more than 40 years. His beautiful northern Virginia estate is situated along the Potomac River, just 16 miles south of Washington, D.C.
Today, guests to Mount Vernon can visit the Mansion where George Washington lived with his wife, Martha. They can also tour more than a dozen original structures, Washington’s Tomb, and nearly 50 acres of his extensive plantation. The estate also includes a working blacksmith shop and the Pioneer Farm, a four-acre demonstration farm with a reconstructed slave cabin and a sixteen-sided treading barn.
A visit to Mount Vernon begins in the Ford Orientation Center, which features an inspiring action film, We Fight To Be Free. In the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, visitors discover 25 theaters and galleries, which tell the story of George Washington’s life with more than 500 original artifacts, 11 video presentations, and even an immersion 4-D theater experience. Just 3 miles down the road from the Mansion, George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill have been reconstructed and are open seasonally.
“No estate in United America is more pleasantly situated than this.”
– George Washington, 1790