Mt. Vernon Estate
-One of the nation’s most beloved historic sites, Mount Vernon offers a glimpse into 18th-century plantation life through beautiful gardens and grounds, intriguing museum exhibits, and honoring George Washington’s life and legacy.
-A domestic structure has stood in the Mansion's footprint since 1735, when George Washington was just three years old.
-Mount Vernon is named for an admiral in the British navy.
-The Mansion is ten times the size of the average home in colonial Virginia.
-Mount Vernon is not symmetrical, but George Washington wanted it to be.
-The cupola is topped with a weathervane in the shape of a dove of peace.
-The piazza is one of George Washington's contributions to colonial Virginian architecture.
-Mount Vernon has a full basement, but there are no secret passages leading from it.
-Today 1 million visitors pass through the Mansion each year, but Washington himself hosted as many as 677 guests at the Mansion in one year, in 1798.