The bus transfer is approximately 2.5 hours each way with a rest stop. Walking at Mount Vernon is about a mile with some uneven, hilly paths including the walk to the mansion that is approximately 1/4 mile uphill on crushed stone (no shuttle); only the first floor of mansion is wheelchair accessible. Those who prefer something less physically demanding can explore extensive exhibits in the Reynolds Museum and Education Center.
In the Windsor Room, the breakfast buffet typically includes selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage links, pancakes or French toast, grits, hot cinnamon apples, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, English muffins, bagels, cereals, fruit, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
We board our bus for the 2.5-hour trip to Mount Vernon. En route, we will view “Pursuit of Honor” — a film that follows Washington as he matures from volatile young man through his military career in two wars to becoming the first President of the United States, stature as Father of His Country, and back home to his beloved Mount Vernon. Consider the many enterprises in which Washington engaged, including the crops he grew, the livestock he raised, the grain that was milled and the whiskey that was distilled, even the very profitable fishery he ran. Learn what this riverside enterprise tells us about the determined Virginian who became “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Upon arrival, we will explore the Reynolds Museum and Education Center, a new Museum that contains 25 theaters and galleries and more than 500 original artifacts that detail the storied life of our nation's first great hero. The Museum includes interactive displays, a major movie, short films produced by The History Channel, and high-tech, immersive experiences. Three life-size models created by a forensic anthropologist present Washington from his teen year to maturity.
The Group Leader will provide vouchers for the Mount Vernon food court where you can choose what you like from fare such as salads, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pizza, a variety of drinks, and sweet treats.
We will explore the mansion with a knowledgeable Mount Vernon expert to gain an understanding and appreciation of the family's wealth and status evidenced in the decoration, furnishings, and numerous original possessions. We will also have a special private tour with an expert guide to learn about the enslaved people of Mount Vernon. You will then have some free time for personal independent exploration through the grounds. Washington's beloved estate includes four different gardens, the tombs of George and Martha, and a working farm with a recreation of his famous 16-sided barn.
At a local restaurant en route back to Charlottesville