DC Must-See: Mount Vernon

mtvMount Vernon, located 16 miles south of Washington DC, overlooks the Potomac River as it winds through Virginia. Sitting in a rocking chair on the plantation porch, it is easy to imagine how George Washington spent more than forty years on this beautiful estate.

Now one of the most popular tourist destinations in America, visitors can see Washington’s Tomb, a demonstration farm, and tour the interior of the Mansion. There is also a museum on the estate featuring exhibits and interactive short films, as well as excellent dining options available at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.

MTvpaintThis weekend, Mount Vernon will host its annual Colonial Market and Fair featuring dozens of America’s finest craftspeople! Colonial-attired artisans will demonstrate crafts and sell traditional 18th century goods such as baskets, weavings and much more. General Washington will even make an appearance to oversee military drills and enjoy special entertainment.

The fair will give visitors a look at 18th century life, including music, fire-eating, magic shows, and hearty specialty food. As an added bonus, Potomac River sightseeing cruises will be free-of-charge. The Colonial Market and Fair at Mount Vernon is included in regular estate admission.

The historical grounds are a must-see for DC natives and visitors alike, and it is a beautiful trip to make during any season. For more information on Mount Vernon, including other special events and ticket prices, please visit http://www.mountvernon.org/.

 

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