Mount Vernon is owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, a private, non-profit organization founded in 1853 by Ann Pamela Cunningham. The Association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country.

It is the only historic site in America which is open 365 days a year, and visitors can arrive at the estate by car, bus or boat. Mount Vernon does not accept grants from federal, state or local governments, and no tax dollars are expended to support its purposes. Primary sources of income are revenue from the retail and dining facilities, ticket sales, and donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals.

The estate, gardens and farm of Mount Vernon totaled some 8,000 acres in the 18th century. Today, roughly 500 acres of this historic estate have been preserved 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the banks of the Potomac River. Visitors can see 20 structures and 50 acres of gardens as they existed in 1799.

The estate also includes a museum, the tombs of George and Martha Washington, Washington's greenhouse, an outdoor exhibit devoted to American agriculture as practiced by Washington, the nation's most important memorial to the accomplishments of 18th-century slaves, and a collection which features numerous decorative and domestic artifacts. In 1999 Mount Vernon welcomed over 1,100,000 visitors.

3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway
Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121


George Washington, along with Thomas Jefferson, was one of the first "horticulturists" of our country. His home farm was a place for experimenting with new crops. The vegetable gardens are especially interesting.

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