Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New August Programs at George Washington's Home

From our friends at Mount Vernon...

Archaeology Tour, Hands-On Activities for Children, and Ice Cream Demonstrations

Celebrate the end of summer at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and take advantage of fascinating programming and discounted admissions. Throughout the month of August, purchase any four admissions tickets for just $40 - a savings of up to 44 percent! Purchase tickets online at using promo code “August” or mention this special offer at the ticket window.

Archaeology in Action Tour
Fridays in August, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Take an inside look at the history of the Mount Vernon archaeology program and the current discovery efforts in progress. What exciting things have been found on the grounds over the years?  Learn more about what has been discovered about our founding father by excavating the Washington family’s “midden,” or trash bin.  Hear how archaeology tells us more about the slaves who lived at Mount Vernon. See current excavation sites including the slave burial ground and Washington family kitchen. Included in admission.

Ice Cream Making Demonstrations
Saturdays August, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Learn more about a fascinating side to culinary life in the 18th century through ice cream making demonstrations.  Visitors can watch as costumed staff provides a glimpse into the making of one of George Washington’s favorite desserts! Mount Vernon’s team will explain the fascinating process and use reproduction period equipment to demonstrate how ice cream was made in the 18th century. Visitors will receive an adapted 18th century recipe for ice cream that they can make at home using plastic bags. Included in admission.

Meet an Archaeologist
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Speak with archaeologists and learn about new discoveries in active dig sites behind the kitchen and in the slave cemetery. Locations vary. Included in admission.

Hands-on-History Activities for Children
Mondays through Fridays in August, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us for our archaeological "dig" in the Hands-on-History center in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. Recommended for children ages 5-10. Parents are encouraged to join the fun! Included in admission.

About Mount Vernon:
Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.

Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November - February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission rates: adults, $18; senior citizens, $18; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $9; and children under age 5, FREE. Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.