Built by George Washington between 1758 and 1778 on land inherited from his father, Mount Vernon showcases the Palladian style architecture that was popular at the time. During the Revolutionary War Washington spent six years away from his beloved Mount Vernon, and his wife Martha also spent much time away while visiting Washington at his encampments, bringing supplies and tending wounded soldiers. After the War, Washington's busy and successful plantation was run by a workforce of over 300 enslaved men, women and children. On his deathbed Washington freed the slaves that he owned directly, about half of those at Mount Vernon.

While Civil War raged over Northern Virginia, soldiers from both sides visited Mount Vernon and laid down their arms before entering. Yet, by the time of the Civil War Mount Vernon had fallen into serious disrepair. The grand two-story piazza was sagging and on the verge of collapse. Shocked by the condition of Washington's home, Ann Pamela Cunningham established the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and raised enough money to purchase the estate from Washington's heirs who could not afford the upkeep. The Ladies' Association was able to stabilize the buildings and open them to the public the following year. The Association continued to preserve and furnish the home, and in 1916 Thomas Edison personally supervised the installation of electricity in the mansion. To this day Mount Vernon is owned, preserved, and kept open to the public by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

Mount Vernon offers tours of the house, gardens, grounds and Washingtons Tomb. Scenic trails meander through the many recreated outbuildings including slave quarters, blacksmith shop, spinning room, and coach house. Mount Vernon features a museum and orientation center with a film, and costumed interpreters lead activities and events. Mount Vernon is kid-friendly and pet-friendly and includes a gift shop, food court and restaurant.

Pictured at the top: George Washington's ca. 1758 Mount Vernon gets spruced up for Spring.

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