Mount Vernon Plantation
Washington DC

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George Washington was born in the early 1730's, in Pope's Creek Estate, Virginia and became one of the most powerful, influential and well-known histo...

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The inside story

George Washington was born in the early 1730's, in Pope's Creek Estate, Virginia and became one of the most powerful, influential and well-known historical figures of all time. He was the first President of the United States, a Founding Father of the United States and leader of the continental army during the Independence War against the British troops.

Washington led America through an intense period of moral, constitutional, and political crisis that resulted in a new form of the federal government. He was also the one who supervised the writing of what is known today as the United States Constitution.

Contemporary of people like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, who did so much for America and influenced the course of history forever, who really was George Washington? Where did he live, what habits did he have, did he own slaves? What did he do when he wasn't busy organizing campaigns and planning battles? Those are just a few questions that will be answered on a visit to Mount Vernon Plantation.

Mount Vernon was Washington's plantation home, situated just by the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, not far from Alexandria. Washington continued expanding his great-grandfather's lands and built the main mansion in stages between 1758 and 1778. The estate and the plantation expanded, prospered and bloomed during Washington's life but gradually started deteriorating after his death in 1799.

Fortunately, Mount Vernon was saved from ruin in 1858 and therefore escaped the damage caused to so many other plantation houses during the American Civil War. It has since then been restored and is now an important National Historic Landmark. Washington's own private distillery was rebuilt and some seasonal attractions are available, such as Aladdin the Christmas Camel as a reminder of the camel that Washington bought in 1787 to entertain his guests.

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Mount Vernon Plantation 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121 Washington DC