Mount Vernon Tour
George Washington said, “No estate in United America is more pleasantly situated than this.”—A visit to the estate will undoubtedly confirm the truth of his statement.
On this tour, you will visit the home Washington acquired from the widow of his elder brother Lawrence in 1761. He built it from a modest two-story farmhouse into the magnificent estate that stands today. More than any other edifice, Mount Vernon stands as a living testament to its builder. A visit to the estate will reveal its unparalleled ability to tell the story of the unique life and person of George Washington.
Upon arrival, you will enter through the Ford Orientation Center where you will watch a brief introductory film describing what to expect during your visit to Mount Vernon and a 20-minute action/adventure movie entitled “We Fight To Be Free.” Following the film, you will enter the grounds of the estate. Tour tickets are timed, so you will have the opportunity to see the Mansion without waiting line. Prior to and following the Mansion tour, you along with your Custom Tours of DC licensed guide will have the opportunity to walk the grounds of the estate where you will see Washington’s tomb, the Slave Memorial, the model farm, the 16-sided treading barn (invented by George Washington), the slave cabin, the upper and lower gardens, and the green-house.
You will also want to consider spending some time touring the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, which houses 23 gallery and theater experiences–many of them with interactive features. A crowd favorite is a film on the Revolutionary War in which it snows when Washington crosses the Delaware River! These galleries illuminate with detail story of Washington’s life, including his military and political service, chapters of Washington’s life that are not typically covered in depth by the usual tour of his estate, which focuses on life at Mount Vernon.
One option for lunch is the charming Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Several recipes served at the Inn have been featured in cooking periodicals, including Gourmet Magazine.
Please contact us for more information about this tour and how it can be customized (or personalized) to suit your needs.