A historic home tour humanizes public figures by revealing their everyday possessions, such as Teddy Roosevelt's eyeglasses case and the hat that Abraham Lincoln used as a stove. Explore where history lives with today's Groupon to Historic Mount Vernon. Choose between the following options:
Sheltered along the banks of the Potomac River, historic Mount Vernon bears the torch of both the 40-year home and monumental legacy of the gentleman planter and inaugural commander-in-chief, George Washington. Visitors can plan a visit beforehand, allotting three hours to explore the estate and return any rented colonial power tools. Inside the mansion, time-travelers visit 1799, the year Washington died, to bat your eyelashes toward preserved original furnishings frozen in these final years of the 18th century. Outside feet patter along 50 acres of plantation, 12 original structures, planned gardens, and a forest trail hemmed with holly and laurel branches. The museum and education center weaves a rich audio-visual tapestry of the general's life, with 23 theaters and galleries along with 700 original artifacts that include his famous dentures and his imaginary cat's contact lenses.
From November 25 through January 6, 2012, the estate celebrates Christmas at Mount Vernon by decking itself in 1799-style holiday memorabilia. During this period only, the estate hosts a turkey pardoned by the president, sparing the bird from the Thanksgiving table and an uncle's exhaustive account of his knee surgery. Also open to the public will be the mansion's third floor, which is only open to visitors a few times each year.
Admission is free for all on Monday, February 20; please plan ahead to make sure your Groupon is being used at the most opportune time.
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