Plan out your next trip to historic Mount Vernon

George Washington, a Founding Father and one of the most famous Virginians, left a trail of significant legacies, his Northern Virginia home among them. Mount Vernon, on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, is full of these notable treasures.  

Photo courtesy of Virginia Tourism Co.

Explore the mansion and the grounds; the estate offers in-depth tours, detailing the history behind the area, as well as a look into preservation efforts. There are outbuildings, such as Washington’s tomb and a working farm, that complement the tour.

Discover the people who shaped Mount Vernon at the museum. You may also expand your knowledge at the Education Center, where Washington’s life is traced through exhibitions, a 4D film, and an interactive theater. 

Stroll through Mount Vernon’s four gardens: the Upper Garden, the Lower Garden, the Botanical Garden, and the Fruit Garden & Nursery. Don’t miss the plethora of online garden tours on the Mount Vernon website.

Stop by the fully-functioning reconstruction of Washington’s whiskey distillery and gristmill. Finally, finish your visit by eating some Virginia favorites at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant and shopping for reproductions, books, toys, and more. MountVernon.org

By Cameron Davidson, Sarah Hauser

This article originally appeared in the Best of Virginia 2024 issue.

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