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Visit George Washington's Estate at Mt. Vernon

UPDATE: OUR NEW MEETUP SPOT IS THE FOOD COURT AREA IN THE REAR OF THE SAME BUILDING THAT INCLUDES THE GIFT SHOP AND THE MT. VERNON INN.

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George Washington's Birthday is February 22nd.

Happy Birthday to our First Founding Father who would have been 282 this year! Let's visit his awesome home and estate at Mt. Vernon before the huge crowds arrive.

In addition to being a beautiful and historic colonial-era mansion, Mt. Vernon has a fantastic location facing the Potomac River at the end of the George Washington Parkway. Visiting Mt. Vernon these days offers much more than just seeing the mansion and roaming the grounds.

Meetup Spot

We'll meet up at the food court area located beyond the gift shop in the same building as the Mt. Vernon Inn. We'll gather there at 11:00 am before entering the main visitor center gate for the tour and museum.

The Mt. Vernon Inn has a colonial-themed menu and decor, costumed staff, a bar, and a perfect location. It's well-rated on Yelp as the best place to eat and drink while touring the estate grounds. Details below:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mount-vernon-inn-alexandria

You can choose to eat anytime before the restaurant closes at 3:30 pm since it's easily accessible from the estate tour. Mt. Vernon Inn re-opens for dinner at 5:00 pm.

Ticket Information and Parking

The adult daily admission to Mt. Vernon Estate is $17.00. You can also choose to buy an annual pass for $28.00, which is a good deal if you plan to return this year to enjoy the ambience and outdoor areas in warmer weather. You can purchase and print advance tickets online here:

http://www.mountvernon.org/tickets

If you want to be part of the SHR group for the mansion tour, you should select 2:00 pm as your start time when buying a ticket. Mt. Vernon Estate opens its gates at 9:00 am if you want to get an early start before we meet up at 11:00 am at the food court.

Parking at Mt. Vernon Estate is FREE in the adjoining lots that are clearly marked.

Taking the Tour of Mt. Vernon

You can tour George Washington's mansion, the museums, and grounds alone or with other SHR members. People have different interests and schedules, so probably the best option is to decide what you prefer after our initial meetup at Mt. Vernon Inn. There's no way we can do the tour as a single large group. We can re-connect during the afternoon if you miss our company. ;-)

In 2006, Mount Vernon opened its new Orientation Center and Reynolds Museum and Education Center featuring 25 state-of-the-art galleries and theaters that reveal the fascinating story of George Washington's life through interactive technology and original artifacts.

The museum features six permanent galleries and a changing exhibit including some objects shown at Mount Vernon for the first time. There are also exhibits about the lifestyles and economy of colonial Virginia, including the important roles of farming, distilling, and slavery.

The current featured exhibit is Hoecakes & Hospitality: Cooking with Martha Washington. It allows visitors to step behind the scenes to explore how foods were prepared and presented at 18th-century Mount Vernon. Before appearing in the dining rooms, crispy hoecakes, smoked hams, frozen ice creams, and other foods required the work of gardeners, housekeepers, enslaved cooks, butlers, and waiters—all under Martha Washington’s careful supervision. Follow food from farm or wharf to kitchen hearth to dinner plate. See recipes and cookbooks that Mrs. Washington treasured, pots that simmered in her kitchen, and fine tablewares that made Mount Vernon’s dining rooms fit for a president.

Mt. Vernon Estate maintains an first-rate website that explains the life of George Washington and what's available to see and experience when visiting, including a virtual tour of the mansion. Check it out for full information:

http://www.mountvernon.org/visit-his-estate

Final Details

The nearest good places for post-tour socializing are in Old Town Alexandria. We can make a plan to do that after the event when we see who's interested and available. As always, our SHR members will find the best way to have fun at Mt. Vernon Estate and elsewhere!

Weather should not be a big issue since much of this event is indoors. Check here on Saturday morning for any updates. I'll post a notice and send out an email before 9:00 am if we need to change plans or cancel. Call Jake at[masked] with any questions or to find us.

I hope to see you there!


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  • A former member
    A former member

    it was a great day,.so nice to meet some fun friends; hope to make it to another gathering soon.
    Jake great job organizing and thanks for your time.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great day! I loved how easy and fun it was making and laughing with new friends! It was great meeting you all and hope to see you soon!

    February 17, 2013

  • Gail T

    I enjoyed meeting everyone - Mt. Vernon is a great place to visit with "cool" people! Thank you Jake and Heide. I shall go back in the Spring to walk the grounds.

    February 17, 2013

  • Rick

    Another SHR success! Thanks Jake for another fun outing! I hadn't been there for years - that education center is awesome. And being there for George's birthday made it an exceptionally memorable event!

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Jake for organizing the trip. It was a pleasure to meet everyone and I look forward to joining the group on future events

    February 16, 2013

  • Jake

    We lucked out with a nice winter day at Mt. Vernon with no crowds. For those of us on the first time, Mt. Vernon was really interesting both indoors and outdoors. The museum, exhibits, and movies were all very well done. I have an annual pass and will be going back. We had several new members participate today, and they were a nice addition. Look forward to seeing them again. And it's always great to see members we know. Thanks everyone for attending!

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Gloria

    I loved Mt. Vernon! Living in this area I sometimes take for granted the wonderful history and beautiful places because they're "touristy". I'm so glad to now have a season pass for Mt Vernon that I will use often. Thank You Jake for organizing this as a perfect start to President's Day Weekend.

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Bobbe

    Thank you once again Jake - a wonderful event! The tour reinforced what a true leader of the American people he was. Very cool to know we were walking on the same ground, touching the same banister etc., as this great american hero.

    2 · February 16, 2013

  • Heide

    Thanks Jake! I look forward to using my annual pass again this spring!

    February 16, 2013

  • Cindy G

    Too much to do with my son today - sorry! :(

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Before I come from maryland is the event still on?
    It is raining in Annapolis

    February 16, 2013

    • Jake

      All clear in DC. Still on rain or shine.

      February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to be there on washingtons birthday events.
    will be my first with the group:)

    1 · February 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      me too....first time!

      February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    February 16, 2013

  • Gloria

    Jim, is that a trick question? Are you talkin' goats or human children?

    January 23, 2013

    • David M.

      I'm amazed to say that I have never visited Mt. Vernon. I look forward it.

      January 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My friend is coming so I can't give Heide the free admission for getting the answer right... But I'll buy a drink in Old Town afterwards for the first person who can find me in the movie 'We fight to be free" ...ya gotta tell me what character I portray and what happens to me...don't blink-it goes by fast! :)

      February 16, 2013

  • Richard

    Going to wait for better weather

    February 16, 2013

  • Belinda M.

    So incredibly sorry to miss. Work prevails ughhhh

    February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guests in town - can't make it.. See ya'll soon

    February 14, 2013

  • Jake

    NEW MEETUP SPOT IS THE FOOD COURT. It's got plenty of room and opens at 10:00 am. Several places there to get food & drinks. The Mt. Vernon Inn bar area is way too small and crowded to handle our group.

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to arrive by 930 as I need to be back in Maryland by 5pm for an evening event. Is there anyone plannng to do an early tour possibly 10AM?

    February 14, 2013

  • Cindy G

    I may get there late if I can make it

    February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Poolesville area if anyone needs a ride.

    February 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Basically this means I shoot down River Rd. to pick up 495. Or, I can go through Darnestown, Rockville area. :)

      February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure if I can make the 2 pm tour but will definitely stop by to say hello to my favorite meetup crew.

    1 · February 5, 2013

  • Jake

    Thanks for the update, Heide. I thought we would miss the huge crowds by going a week earlier. I remember Mt. Vernon is free on his BD, so I figured that would be the crowd day. I was wrong, I guess. But there will definitely be things happening on the 16th, so we'll give it a try and hope for the best...

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Heide

    The 16th is THE day Mt. Vernon is celebrating the President's 281st birthday.
    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    “Breakfast with George Washington” on the 12-Acre Field
    Foodways demonstration, music, and samples offered while supplies last.
    10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    “As I Know Him” in locations around the Historic Area
    Meet people from Washington’s World as they share personal stories about Washington.
    2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    “General Washington, We Honor You” on the Bowling Green
    People from Washington’s World gather with guests to share selected stories with the "General", who reflects and speaks to the assembly.
    3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb

    It will be an awesome day!!!!

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Gail T

    Oops - meant to bring a guest. Can I still +1 this? Thanks!

    February 1, 2013

    • Jake

      Sure, just RSVP again and add +1 when you do. Then it will show in the total.

      February 1, 2013

  • Belinda M.

    Well I have not been here since elementary school so it will be a whole different experience!

    January 29, 2013

  • Mark

    Hi Jake--

    Would it be okay to bring my 8 year old twins to this Meetup?

    mark

    January 23, 2013

    • Jake

      Mark, SHR events are for adults, but Mt. Vernon is cool for kids too. You can bring them if they don't get in the way. There will be room for all ages to have a good time.

      January 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mt Vernon member & can lead a group. Expect to walk a lot. "If" my guest CAN't make it, the 1st person who can tell me how many kids the Father of our country had, can get in free with me

    January 23, 2013

  • Heide

    George is one of my favorite heroes and his home is fabulous. Thanks Jake!

    January 23, 2013

  • Jake

    I'm reading "His Excellency" by Joseph Ellis again before we go. Looking forward to this!

    January 23, 2013

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