One of Virginia's most popular tourist attractions and the
highlight of any historical Virginia tour, Mount Vernon is the
colonial estate of George Washington. The plantation has been
restored to look just as it did during Washington's era, having
been purchased by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in 1858 and
kept as a historic monument ever since. Consisting of 500 acres
situated on the Potomac River, the gardens, mansion, and other
buildings are open to the public, and costumed employees
demonstrate life in the 18th century. Visitors can even tour
Washington's Tomb, which holds ceremonial wreath-layings at 10am
In 2007, Mount Vernon was given permission to reopen
Washington's distillery, which now produces its own whiskey,
available only at the Mount Vernon Gift Shop. The estate offers
tours of the mansion and grounds, sightseeing cruises on the
Potomac River, and special tours showing scenes from the movie
National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Mount Vernon is
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon
Postal Code: 22309
Opening Time: Open daily April to August 8am-5pm; March, September
and October 9am-5pm; November to February 9am-4pm.
Admission: General admission $15 adults, $7 children 6-17. Other
concessions available. Distillery $4 adults, $2 children 6-17.
Special tours charge separate fees.