Harvest festival welcomes fall to Mount Vernon

October 4, 2013 by  

The Fall Harvest Family Days will be taking place at Mount Vernon for two days this month.

The festival is the estate’s way of saying goodbye to the farming season and to celebrate all the good that comes with the changes of fall. There will be many family-friendly activities taking place over the two-day event. This includes wagon rides, a demonstration of wheat treading, lessons in 18th century dances, blacksmithing demonstrations, and apple roasting.

There will also be live music throughout the day, early-American games, and a straw bale maze. Visitors can also learn how to make a corn husk doll and can take the finished product home with them. In addition, during the festival Potomac River cruises will be half price. George Washington – or at least somebody portraying him – will probably drop by for a visit and a photo opportunity or two.

This event should be a great way to introduce the family into farm life as it was lived in the days when George Washington and his wife Martha lived at Mount Vernon.

Alexandria printing companies will no doubt be asked to provide marketing materials such as posters and flyers to let people know about the festival.

The Fall Harvest Family Days is taking place at the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens over October 26-27 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Admission to Mount Vernon is $17, $8 for children 6-11 years of age and free for those aged five and under. To learn more, call 703-780-2000.

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