Also known as Mount Vernon, George Washington’s estate is located in Northern Virginia. And it just happens to be about a mile outside the gates of Fort Belvoir where we lived a couple of years ago.
In honor of Presidents Day, I thought I’d highlight this great historical attraction that the kids love visiting. Whether you live in Northern Virginia or are planning a trip to Washington, DC Mount Vernon should be on your list of things to see and do.
The Plantation is nearly 50 acres and includes his Mansion, a working blacksmiths shop, farm, and beautiful gardens. You can tour the inside of the Mansion and visit his tomb. The grounds of the plantation are set up just as they were in George Washington’s lifetime and include costumed characters fromt that time period daily from 10am-12pm and visits with Lady Washington Wednesday -Sunday from 12pm-4pm.
You can literally spend hours here enjoying the scenery and soaking up the history. The plantation is very ‘kid’ friendly as most of the grounds are outdoors and there is so much to catch their attention. On your way out you can visit the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center which inludes many more artifacts and exhibits along with theaters and a children’s education room.
Located just at the exit, you can grab lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant or Food Court and browse the gift shop.
For more information on “George Washington’s House” visit www.mountvernon.org. You can also find a list of special events and tours located on their page.