Luxury Hotel Near Mount Vernon Estate
Choose the Alexandrian as your luxurious accommodations in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and you have some of the most significant historical sites in the United States within easy reach: from the colonial-era architecture of our own venerable district to the many heritage landmarks of Washington, D.C. just north. Surely one of the standout destinations for anyone even marginally interested in American history is less than a half-hour south of our Autograph Collection hotel on King Street: George Washington’s plantation estate at Mount Vernon.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon’s 500 acres had been in George Washington’s family since the late 17th century, though Washington himself didn’t become sole owner until 1761. Here he tended gardens, oversaw farm production, and distilled whiskey. The estate was a haven for him throughout his career, including during his two terms as the first President of the United States. On December 14, 1799, Washington died at Mount Vernon after a long ride around the fields in dank, wintry weather caused him to fall ill.
Attractions at Mount Vernon
The tomb of George Washington and that of his wife, Martha, lie on the grounds of Mount Vernon, as does a burial ground for the African-Americans who labored here, marked by the Slave Memorial monument. You can tour Washington’s 18th-century mansion, exquisitely maintained in its 1799-vintage guise, as well as a number of outbuildings: among them a blacksmith shop offering daily demos, and the Mount Vernon whiskey distillery, which in Washington’s day ranked among the biggest in the country (and which continues to produce presidential-caliber whiskey). Get up-close looks at Ossabaw Island hogs, Red Devon cattle, and other heirloom livestock of the kind Washington raised, and tour the multiple Mount Vernon gardens where the Father of His Country—as enthusiastic and knowledgeable a planter as he was a savvy military and political leader—conducted crop experiments and tended to beloved botanical specimens obtained from near and far.
Mount Vernon’s Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center, meanwhile, interprets these sights as well as Washington’s illustrious biography.
Mount Vernon Events
Daily tours and historical demos are far from the only events Mount Vernon offers: There’s a robust calendar of special activity days and other occasions here. Some upcoming ones include Fall Harvest Family Days October 20th and 21st, trick-or-treating on Washington’s estate on October 27th, and the Colonial Market & Fair November 10th through 12th.
Visit Mount Vernon on a Getaway at The Alexandrian
Here at The Alexandrian, we put you within wonderfully easy reach of the old presidential stomping grounds of Mount Vernon, not to mention numerous sites here in Alexandria with George Washington connections, such as Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Come soak up our Autograph Collection luxury while you explore the life and legacy of the foremost of America’s Founding Fathers!