Venue Insights: Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon was the longtime plantation home and estate of President George Washington. The estate is located in Fairfax, County, VA, just 16 miles south of Washington, DC, along the banks of the Potomac River. This historic estate is now owned, operated and cared for by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, a private, non-profit organization. The plantation includes the Mount Vernon Mansion, colonial era buildings, gardens, a working distillery and gristmill and a museum and education center, which all include event space available for rental.

Mount Vernon has a wide variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces of all sizes, and welcomes outside organizations to hold private evening events. In addition to private evening events, Mount Vernon also hosts meetings and seminars, VIP tours and private evening tours.

The East Lawn, the largest and one of the most popular spaces, offers unparalleled views across the Potomac River, and is a beautiful, historical setting for events of up to 1,200 guests.

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The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center is a unique and intimate space connected to the Museum’s exhibits, which can be accessed by guests during events. The space can accommodate 100 seated guests or 300 at a reception.

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The Ford Orientation Center is another interesting space which can accommodate 300 seated guests or 400 at a reception, using both floors of the building. This building includes two movie theaters, which can be used as part of your event, and a large replica of Mount Vernon.

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First opened and operated in 1797, Mount Vernon Estate’s distillery was the country’s largest distillery at the time of Washington’s death, producing almost 11,000 gallons of whiskey per year. Located just three miles from the main Estate, Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill was reopened in 2007 and has event space for 60 indoor guests or 250 guests on its lawn.

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The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant can also be rented for private events. The restaurant features a variety of rooms which can be reserved individually or the entire space can be used.

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Finally, the Robert H. & Clarice Smith Auditorium is available for meetings and conferences, and is available for daytime rental. It seats 200 and has standard audio-visual equipment on-site.

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For more information visit Mount Vernon’s website