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Greenwood, John. "Sea Captains Carousing in Suriname." 1755. Courtesy of Saint Louis Art Museum.

Imagine life without the internet. How would you spend your time without a smartphone, video, and music streaming, or messaging apps? Join our staff and special guests to explore how Americans in the 18th century stayed entertained.

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"I'll Have the.."

9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 12-acre field

What was on the menu at colonial taverns? Join our Historic Trades staff for foodways demonstrations on the 12-acre field exploring typical tavern fare.

Mail Call

9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 1p.m. - 4:30 p.m., 12-acre field

Taverns served as a place to send and receive mail in colonial America. Join our Youth Programs team to write and mail a postcard about your visit to Mount Vernon.

Roll Out the Barrels 

12-acre field

Join Master Cooper Marshall Scheetz, who will highlight the necessity of barrels in tavern culture and demonstrate the intricate process of making a barrel in the 18th century.

18th Century Yelp 

9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., 12-acre field

Discover what George Washington thought of the many taverns he visited and read his reviews.


2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Greenhouse

Learn to play tavern games and colonial card games.

Visit the Distillery (Free Shuttle)

Washington’s distillery was one of the largest in the nation in its time. Hop on our shuttle to the recreated distillery to learn why Washington didn’t age his whiskey and more.

Shuttle to & From the distillery

A shuttle to the distillery and gristmill will be available on July 20 and 21. Guests can board the shuttle at the traffic circle outside of the estate's entrance gates. 

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