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Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Mansion

The Mount Vernon Estate

The Mount Vernon Estate is one of the most beautiful and frequently visited sights in Washington, D.C. This former farm and country house belonging to George Washington is located 12 miles, an hour by car, on the outskirts of the city in the state of Virginia.

The estate was inherited by George Washington following the passing of his half-brother Lawrence in 1752. Washington added various sections to the estate and developed the terrain’s farming potential so as not to depend on other regions for subsistence.

Washington’s plans for the estate laid out adjoining facilities and paths in an aesthetically pleasing and practical manner. The farms and shops were placed in a north and south arrangement around the property; flanked by trees, stables, pens, gardens and vegetable patches.   Today, Mount Vernon features much of the original family furniture, assorted 18th century items, art reproductions and other valuable artifacts like the key to the French Bastille, a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette. The estate and its gardens make up nearly 50 hectares while the mansion contains 14 bedrooms which faithfully depict life in the 1700s when it was the residence of George Washington and wife Martha, including the bedroom where the former president died on December 14, 1799.

During interior tours offered by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, the caretakers of the mansion, one can truly appreciate the vibrant colors and sumptuous decor in each room which reflect the groundbreaking sensibilities of George Washington. Inside one can also feel the history and opulence of the Washington family. The picturesque landscape seen from the rear of the building offers a view of the Potomac River dotted with sailboats, a chance to stop for breathtaking photos after strolling through the gardens. 

The property is divided in various section which make up the old-fashioned farm, each dedicated to specific activities such as blacksmithing, raising sheep, mill spinning, the smoking and salt curing of meats, granaries, stables and vegetable gardens. Nearby is a reproduction of a cabin which served as quarters for slaves on the property. Also viewable is the actual vault where Washington is entombed, just steps from the mansion. A local whiskey distillery, five miles from the estate, and watermill is still in operation today. 

A trip to Mount Vernon during your stay in Washington, D.C. would be unforgettable. To request a tour, contact us.

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