2009-09-24 / Local & State

Harvest Celebration At George Washington's Farm

October 17 & 18: Mount Vernon's Fall Harvest Family Days

Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days, October 17 and 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The entire family will enjoy autumn activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early-American games, music and demonstrations. In addition to meeting "George Washington", visitors can also learn 18th-century dance steps! Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price while supplies last. Fall Harvest Family Days is included with admission to the estate this weekend: $15 adults; $14 seniors; $7 children 6-11; free for children under 5. Visit the Web at Visit.MountVernon.org for more information.

During Fall Harvest Family Days, visitors join the Mount Vernon staff in bidding farewell to farming season with a traditional harvest celebration that includes live performances by musicians and farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations. Children can create and take home their own cornhusk dolls. Costumed field workers demonstrate open-fire cooking and children participate in the cooking by roasting their own apple slices. The Mount Vernon Inn offers concessions on site.

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