Revolutionary War Weekend is one of the best times to visit Mount Vernon! Continentals, Redcoats, Hessians and cavalry bring the grounds to life in the 18th century with their encampments. Soldiers, in traditional uniforms, are found throughout the estate and happy to share their knowledge of life in the 18th century military. The two day event is one of the largest Revolutionary War re-enactments in the region.
We watched two battle re-enactments on the bowling green and were blown away by the scale and detail. Our little ones were a little unsure of the first few booms, but were drawn into the drama and strategy of the battle. Our family had children ages 2-11 that all enjoyed the re-enactments for vary lengths of time. The cannons and calvary were our favorites, but the infantry movements and commentary were very enlightening and entertaining.
There were so many activities taking place that we left after 7 hours feeling like we could easily come back for day 2! Between the re-enactments, demonstrations and presentations there was more than enough to keep our family occupied and interested. Demonstrations included drilling, military mapmaking & surveying, camp laundry, 18th century dancing, medicine of the revolution, youth muster and military music performance. The Mount Vernon Inn Concessions had food near the Crown Forces Camp and the Crown Point Bread Co was selling baked goodies on the Bowling Green as part of the Sutlers, or traveling merchants.
In addition to all the excitement of Revolutionary War Weekend, any time you visit Mount Vernon the Mansion, Tombs, Distillery & Gristmill, Pioneer Farm, Museum, Gardens and Potomac River Cruises offer a unique look into the life and home of America’s first President. The 4-D theatre and Be Washington exhibit are fun interactive additions to the museum. Families with little ones will enjoy the crafts, stories and activities in the Hands-on-History Center in the Education Center.
General Admission tickets available here.
Note: Parking fills up very quickly on busy days so get there early. There are several lots and it becomes congested as people are driving around the different lots looking for spaces.