George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate is located in Mount Vernon, Virginia along the shores of the Potomac River and is the most scenic tourist attraction in the Washington, DC area. The 500-acre estate of George Washington and his family includes a 14-room mansion that is beautifully restored and furnished with original objects dating back to the 1740's. Visitors can explore the mansion, the outbuildings (including the kitchen, slave quarters, smokehouse, coach house, and stables), the gardens and the new museum and learn about the life of America's first president and his family.
In 2006, Mount Vernon opened its Ford Orientation Center & Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, featuring 25 state-of-the-art galleries and theaters that reveal the fascinating story of George Washington's life. The museum features six permanent galleries and a changing exhibit including some objects shown at Mount Vernon for the first time. Additional amenities at the property include a food court, gift shop and bookstore and the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.
Address: George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon, VA. (703)780-2000. Mount Vernon is located along the Potomac River approximately 14 miles south of Washington DC. See a map and driving directions (Note: Many GPS devices do not give correct directions to Mount Vernon). Parking is free.
Mount Vernon is not directly accessible by Metro. You can take Metro to Huntington Station and transfer to the Fairfax Connector bus #101 to Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon is located along the 18-mile Mount Vernon trail. Bicyclists enjoy the scenic ride to the Estate and can find parking at various lots along the way. Bike racks are located near Mount Vernon's Main Gate.
Tips for Visiting
- You can easily spend most of the day at Mount Vernon, visiting the museum and exploring the mansion, the outbuildings, and the estate grounds.
- During the peak season, there can be a line to get into the Mansion. The approximate waiting time will be listed at the Main Gate. To avoid long lines, visit Mount Vernon on a weekday or November to March.
- Attend a special event at Mount Vernon and enjoy the holiday and seasonal activities.
- For a unique excursion, take a round trip cruise to Mount Vernon on the Spirit of Mt. Vernon. Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the Potomac River and tour the Mount Vernon Estate. Or, get some exercise with the Mount Vernon by Bike and Boat package which includes a bike rental, admission to the Estate and a sightseeing cruise on the Potomac River. You can also take a combination Tour of Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria. This tour includes transportation from Union Station in Washington DC.
Major Annual Events at Mount Vernon
More About the Grounds at Mount Vernon
George Washington planned the landscape of the Estate himself to include four gardens that showcase the plants that were at Mount Vernon in the late 1700s. There’s also a pioneer farm site, a hands-on exhibit with a 16-sided treading barn. You can visit George Washington’s Tomb. Washington died in the master bedroom at Mount Vernon on December 14, 1799. He chose to be buried on the grounds of the estate. The tomb was completed in 1831 and Washington's body was moved there along with the remains of his wife, Martha, and other family members.
Near the tomb is a slave burial ground, to honor African-American slaves who worked at Mount Vernon.
George Washington's Whiskey Distillery and Gristmill
About three miles from the Estate, you can see a 18th-century whiskey distillery and water-powered mill in operation, discover how they work and learn how they played an important role in George Washington's vision for America. Public transportation is available between the two sites.