Autumn at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Autumn is a special time at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, as this historic site hosts a delightful array of seasonal events that are sure to capture the interest of every visitor. The pleasant days of fall are the perfect time to explore the home and grounds of the “Father of Our Country” while rediscovering history in new and unique ways.
Saturday & Sunday Through October 30
Historic Mount Vernon Civil War Walking Tour
Experience a unique side of Civil War history at George Washington’s home through this walking tour. With President Washington greatly revered by both North and South and soldiers eagerly visiting the estate, Mount Vernon has its own Civil War history to share. Listen to dramatic war stories, learn about the changing role of African Americans on the estate, views on Washington from the perspective of Union and Confederate supporters, and the interesting Washington-Robert E. Lee connection. Tours are limited in capacity and cost $5 in addition to Estate admission. 9:30am and 3:30pm.
Mount Vernon Slave Memorial Commemoration Ceremony
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association joins Black Women United for Action to honor the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon with a program and wreath laying ceremony. This event features dramatic readings, African drumming and uplifting music in recognition of the slaves’ sacrifices and contributions to the early formation of this nation. Tours are limited in capacity and cost $5 in addition to Estate admission.11:00am-1:00pm.
Fall Harvest Family Days
Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season! The entire family will enjoy fall activities including wagon rides, wheat treading, 18th-century dancing and blacksmithing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, apple-roasting, corn husk doll making and early-American games and music. Enjoy Potomac River sightseeing cruises at half-price. Fall Harvest Family Days are included in regular Estate admission. 9:00am-5:00pm
Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans
In honor of our nation’s veterans, Mount Vernon admits FREE all active duty, former, or retired military personnel. Honored guests are also invited to place a flower at Washington’s Tomb where the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution present a wreath laying ceremony in honor of our nation’s veterans. Special activities include a free patriotic community concert in the Robert H. & Clarice Smith Auditorium at 11am. 9:00am-4:00pm
Weekends, November 25-December 18
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Enjoy a traditional yuletide evening with “Mrs. Washington” as she welcomes guests to tour the first and second floors of the Mansion by candlelight, sing Christmas carols by the fireside and partake of holiday refreshments. Mount Vernon’s modern buildings include merry music and the opportunity for holiday shopping until 9 p.m.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight is not included in daytime admission or annual pass. Adults: $20; Children 11 and under: $14. Tickets available starting November 1. 5:00-8:30pm
Beginning November 25
Christmas at Mount Vernon
The halls will be decked for Christmas at Mount Vernon, with a dozen themed Christmas trees, a gingerbread Mount Vernon baked by the former White House pastry chef, and historical holiday entertainments. You’ll also get a peek at the rarely seen third floor of the Mansion! Christmas at Mount Vernon has been named as one of the "12 Places to Catch the Holiday Spirit" by AAA! Activities are included with regular admission. 9:00am-4:00pm
Admission: $15 adults; $14 Seniors 62yrs+; $7 children 6-11; free for children 5 & under.
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA