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Visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon for FREE on President’s Day

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George Washington's Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Hwy

Mt Vernon, VA 22121

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Celebrate George Washington's Birthday on Presidents Day and visit Mount Vernon with us for FREE - normal adult admission price is $20. This event is open to the public and all are welcome, including children.

Mount Vernon is always popular. That combined with the free admission means that thousands of people will be visiting. Last year on President’s Day, due to some unusually warm weather and many Meetup attendees, Mount Vernon recorded its highest single day attendance ever - 22,000 people. Despite the large number of people the only place that seemed crowded was the café at lunch time. This is because is Mount Vernon is an extremely large complex spread over hundreds of acres with many things to see and do besides the visitor center/museum and the main house.

Our strategy will be to arrive early. Let’s meet outside at 8:30 am and get in line since the doors open at 9:00. We can socialize while we’re waiting and the time will go by quickly. To find our group look for people with Meetup stickers, which we’ll hand out. More specific details will be provided as we get closer to the event date.

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Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon was the plantation house of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and his wife, Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. The estate is situated on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria, across from Prince George's County, Maryland. The Washington family had owned land in the area since the time of Washington's great-grandfather in 1674. In 1739 they embarked on an expansion of the estate that continued under George Washington, who came into possession of the estate in 1754, but did not become its sole owner until 1761.

The mansion is built of wood in a loose Palladian style, and was constructed by George Washington in stages between 1758 and 1778. It occupies the site of an earlier, smaller house built by George Washington's father Augustine, some time between 1726 and 1735. It remained Washington's country home for the rest of his life. Following his death in 1799, under the ownership of several successive generations of the family, the estate progressively declined as revenues were insufficient to maintain it adequately. In 1858, the house's historical importance was recognized and it was saved from ruin by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association; this philanthropic organization acquired it together with part of the Washington property estate. Escaping the damage suffered by many plantation houses during the American Civil War, Mount Vernon was restored.

Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is still owned and maintained in trust by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, and is open every day of the year, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Allowing the public to see the estate is not an innovation, but part of a 200-year-old tradition started by George Washington himself. In 1794 he wrote: "I have no objection to any sober or orderly person's gratifying their curiosity in viewing the buildings, Gardens, &ca. about Mount Vernon."

Pictures from Last Year

Important Event Details:

Registration: This event is free and open to the public and all are welcome including children. While advanced registration is not required it does help us determine how many people to expect, as well as allow you to stay informed of any event updates.

Weather: As the event is partially indoors it will take place rain, snow or shine. If it’s on the calendar, then we’re proceeding as scheduled.

Parking: There is free parking at Mount Vernon.

Public Transportation: Take Metrorail's Yellow Line to Huntington Station. Exit at the lower level of the station (Huntington Avenue) to catch a Fairfax Connector bus to Mount Vernon. Board the Fairfax Connector Bus #101, the Fort Hunt Line, for a 20-minute trip to Mount Vernon's entrance gate.

For more information about Metro bus and subway transportation visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) website.

For bus fare information and schedules, visit the Fairfax Connector website.

Meeting Point: TBD – check back for additional details.

Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know.

This event is organized by George Washington’s Mount Vernon and is posted by Washington, DC History & Culture.

We look forward to seeing you - thanks!

Robert Kelleman



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3200 Mount Vernon Hwy

Mt Vernon, VA 22121

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