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George Washington's Mount Vernon
Type: Historic Sites
In 1787, George Washington brought a camel to Mount Vernon to entertain his guests. During the Christmas season, patrons will be able to meet a camel at Old Hickory's home. How many other places offer... Read More
In 1787, George Washington brought a camel to Mount Vernon to entertain his guests. During the Christmas season, patrons will be able to meet a camel at Old Hickory's home. How many other places offer that during holiday time? Take in the beautiful decorations including 12 Christmas trees and watch historical chocolate-making demonstrations. Guests may also take a holiday dinner tour to see what the Washington family ate and how it was stored, prepared and served on Christmas more than 200 years ago. Try to catch their resident fifer during a musical demonstration of 18th-century-holiday music. METRO: Huntington Station
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
- Apr-Aug: Daily; 8am-5pm
- Sep-Oct: Daily; 9am-5pm
- Nov-Feb: Daily; 9am-4pm
- Mar: Daily; 9am-5pm
- Adult $20; Senior (62+) $19; Child (6-11) $10; Child (5 and under) Free
- Things to Do in December: "You can take oodles of pictures around the estate but put those cameras away once you step inside George and Martha's house. Photography is prohibited in their home."
- Best Attractions & Activities: "It is said that George Washington was a dog lover and so is his estate. Dogs may also come along on your visit. Just make sure to clean up after them."
- Historic Sites: "Spring is the busiest season so if you don't like crowds avoid the landmark during March, April and May."
- Museums: "A majority of your visit will be spent outdoors so dress accordingly."
- Best for Things to Do in December Because: In an area that cherishes history, Christmas at Mount Vernon is a fun event to see how the holiday was celebrated more than 200 years ago.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: When not leading armies and helping to birth the nation, George Washington spent five decades expanding the mansion his father built in 1735.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: A great place to learn more about the man who helped form and lead the nation during its infancy.
- Best for Museums Because: Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in the country and offers a great glimpse at George Washington's life after the presidency.