George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
George Washington oversaw all aspects of the landscape at Mount Vernon. He extensively redesigned the grounds surrounding his home, adopting the less formal, more naturalistic style of 18th century English garden landscape designer Batty Langley. Washington reshaped walks, roads, and lawns; cut vistas through the forest, and planted hundreds of native trees and shrubs. The well-ordered gardens provided food for the Mansion's table and were also pleasing to the eye. Eighteenth-century visitors to Mount Vernon were delighted by bountiful offerings of fresh vegetables and fruits, and reveled in after-dinner walks amongst all manner of opulent flowering plants.
I was not expecting to have a wonderful of a time as I did. Thought I'd stay for a few hours, ended up staying the whole day. Absolutely wonderful experience! After you've seen the house, take the time to walk around the grounds; the recreated farmland, the forest trail, and the gardens are all breathtaking. Loved the museum inside main building. The gift shop is more tasteful than is usual with historical locations (looking at you, Gettysburg). The food court didn't have much to offer by way of, well, anything that wasn't typical lame fast food, so that was a little disappointing, but they do offer outdoor seating so that was nice. This place is a national treasure. Bring the whole family!
My wife and I visited on President's Day 2018...which is the "Super Bowl" of Mt. Vernon. They pull it together excellently. Parking is an issue, but they have staff regulating it so it isn't madness. Admission is free on President's Day, so plan on having a longer wait to get into the Mansion proper. The Staff is supremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the estates and Washington's life (and death). My wife had to catch a flight at 5 and the staff was able to accomodate us getting in to the Mansion with sufficient time for us to get back to Reagan National. Very nice and family friendly place to go visit!
Great place to get a history lesson about our first president. I recommend the tour the have a specialist for each room and they really know what they are talking about. You can see where he is buried here and just walk around. There is also a nice museum there which is also very informative. It makes a great day trip and there is a food court here so you can eat and spend the second half of the day here too. I would really recommend it to people who want an interesting fun filled day.
My wife and I visited DC (to see Mean Girls the Musical) and after jamming in as much site seeing as we could in three days, Mount Vernon is hands down my favorite stop. We spent extra time walking the grounds and visiting George's tomb, so much that other stops were pushed off the table, and we have zero regrets. If I may give you one word of advice, do not rush. Walk around, look at all the details, sit down if Martha Washington is spitting historical knowledge somewhere. This truly is a remarkable place. P.S. Grab a bite to eat at the restaurant near the entrance!
One of those iconic places you have to visit when in Washington. Beautifully restored and maintained. Interesting tour guide. Good that the displays are balanced and factual, dealing with the issue of slavery and the wider context of Washington's ambitions as a successful farmer/businessman. I guess an oversized gift shop and slightly over orchestrated feel are only to be expected in such a busy tourist attraction.