Visiting the home and final resting place of George Washington is a true symbol of American accomplishment. It is located less than an hour outside of Washington D.C. in Virginia on Hiway 1. Mount Vernon is open to the public year round, and hosts special celebrations during holiday time. Not only can visitors tour the home he lived in they can additionally ride a river cruise, go on walking tours of his gardens, and explore mueseums and gift shops which are available on the 8,000 acre land. According to the Offical Tourbook, over 75 million people have visited in the 140 year history.
Learning more about American's first president is like gaining insight into real history. In various placements and assisted by spoken tour guides, the historical moments of George Washington's Mount Vernon are given in great detail. Walking through a tour of the mansion, one will notice the lavish decor of his living space. George Washington held a collection of over 800 books that are have been left in place. In 2013 the first library is set to open, being named the Fred W. Smith Library. This will be the housing of Washington's letter campaigns and offer more information upon the life of our first president.
Before all of the excitment begins, a short film dedicating the reasons of the comprehensive testiment of Washington estate is hosted by Alex Trabec. Visitors can learn from this and other pieces of artwork, such as the stained glass deplicting Washington's life, in the Education Center The Ford Orientation Center. Dressed in authentic trends from the Revolutionary War era Mr. Trabec leads the audience through the grounds of Washington's home to the Whiskey Distillery and shows the overwhelming appreciation that is given by demand. There are 23 interactive galleries to view educational materials in the center.
From 1754 to 1761 the land was leased from Washington's half brother. In 1761 the land was then granted to him by means of inheratance. In 1775 Washington becomes General to the Continentel forces and the first President of the new United States in 1789. His wife Martha Dandridge Curtis raises her two children, Jhon Parke and Martha Parke Curtis on this land. In 1799 Wahington dies in an upstair's bedroom of his home of unknown medically related causes. Today his remains are still resting in his tomb. Approximately 25 other family members including Martha Washington and his step-chldren are permanently preserved in the vaulted tomb open to be viewed.
During his time living at Mount Vernon, the Washington's tended to aimals, freshly grown vegatables gardens, flower beds, and operated a stable for livestock and independant laundry yard apart from the living quarters. Still there to the current time are sheep roaming freely in penned squares. Many living things plentifully co-inhabit the grounds of Mount Vernon. Seeing the actual artifacts such as George Washington's denturesis just one highlight in the exhibits on display in the Donald W. Renyold's museum. Picture friendly and educational for every member of the family the self guided tours are memorable for life. To learn more about Mount Vernon please visit: mountvernon.org.