Skip to content

Mount Vernon

Latest Stories

HOLIDAY_20131216_010_12181258

HOLIDAY_20131216_010_12181258

Historic Trades Interpreters Melissa Reed, left, and Trish Kristoff prepares to melt chocolate as they work to make drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_004_12181246

HOLIDAY_20131216_004_12181246

A visitor walks past a statue of George Washington flanked by two Christmas trees during Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_003_12181246

HOLIDAY_20131216_003_12181246

The Mount Vernon Mansion can be seen on the great lawn during Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_025.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_025.JPG

Tony Zecca of Seattle, Wa. is greeted by Aladin the Camel as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_024.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_024.JPG

Darren Murphy, right, watches as his girlfriend, Janetta Deppa of Washington, D.C. is greeted by Aladin the Camel as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_022.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_022.JPG

Aladin the Camel stands in a pen on the great lawn as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_021.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_021.JPG

Gingerbread houses made by fourth graders at Fort Belvoir Elementary School are on display as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_023.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_023.JPG

Aladin the Camel stands in a pen on the great lawn as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_017.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_017.JPG

Historic Trades Interpreter Trish Kristoff tells visitors how they make drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_014.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_014.JPG

A display of chocolate in various forms is displayed as Historic Trades Interpreter Trish Kristoff grinds up chocolate to turn into drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_015.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_015.JPG

Historic Trades Interpreters including Katie Cannon, left, offers samples of drinking chocolate made using 18-century techniques to visitors during Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_020.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_020.JPG

Christmas ornaments depicting George and Martha Washington are displayed on a Christmas Tree during Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_009.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_009.JPG

A display of chocolate in various forms is displayed as Historic Trades Interpreter Trish Kristoff grinds up chocolate to turn into drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_007.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_007.JPG

Historic Trades Interpreter Trish Kristoff scoops melted chocolate into a dish as she helps prepare drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_006.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_006.JPG

Razi Hashmi of Arlington, Va., talks with Historic Trades Interpreter Trish Kristoff as she helps prepare drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_008.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_008.JPG

Historic Trades Interpreters display chocolate in various forms as they prepare drinking chocolate using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_005.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_005.JPG

Left to right: Charles Little and his wife Nancy, of Bronxville, N.Y. and their friend Anne Summerville of Mclean, Va. sip samples of chocolate prepared by Historic Trades Interpreters including Katie Cannon, right, using 18-century techniques as part of Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_002.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_002.JPG

The Mount Vernon Mansion can be seen on the great lawn during Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_004.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_004.JPG

A visitor walks past a statue of George Washington flanked by two Christmas trees during Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HOLIDAY_20131216_003.JPG

HOLIDAY_20131216_003.JPG

The Mount Vernon Mansion can be seen on the great lawn during Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va., Monday, December 16, 2013. Mount Vernon celebrates Christmas with Christmas trees, 18th-century chocolate making, Christmas dancing and story telling, as well as Aladin the Camel. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)