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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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!