Visit Washington's Home at Mount Vernon
George Washington had quite a view from his front porch.
Today, everyone can have the same experience enjoyed by the first President of the United States.
Mount Vernon was Washington's home and it became a National Historic Landmark in 1960. The grounds located in Virginia, south of Alexandria, are open to the public. A walk through the house is amazing as one thinks about Washington living in the home.
Before touring the main attraction, stop by the Ford Orientation Center to get acclimated to the site supported by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
Visitors then follow a directed route through the 21-room mansion. Cameras are not allowed in the home, but can be used on the rest of the property.
On the first floor there are parlors and a dining room. Climbing to the second floor the tour highlights several bedrooms, including Washington's. The third floor had another bedroom and storage rooms.
After touring the mansion make sure to head to the front porch and sit in the rocking chairs to enjoy the view of the Potomac River.
Please remember that there is so much more on the property than just the mansion. Make sure to take the time to stroll through the outbuildings, gardens and other areas surrounding the mansion.
Two places that must been visited are Washington's Tomb and the Slave Memorial and Burial Ground. Both are somber areas, but are very important on the list of things to see.
End your stay with a stop at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Allow at least 60 minutes to view all of the exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of Washington's life.
Washington was born in 1732 and died in 1799 at Mount Vernon. He was the General of the Continental Army from 1775-1783 and was the President of the United States from 1789-1797.