By Micaela Williamson
As we celebrate the 44th presidential inauguration next week, let’s not forget about the Northern Virginian who started it all. From Jan. 18-21, George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon is hosting special family-friendly inauguration activities.
Children can participate in a “George Washington Presidential Scavenger Hunt.” While supplies last, they can explore the Mount Vernon Estate looking for special clues that lead to a prize. Additionally, Mount Vernon will celebrate the 44th person who enters through the estate with a unique gift.
While at Mount Vernon, visitors can view a replica of the first presidential inauguration with a life-size figure of Washington taking the oath of office. In this interactive exhibit, visitors can “step into Washington’s shoes” by placing their hand on a reproduction of Washington’s inaugural bible. Guests recite the presidential oath and, when completed, lift their hand to hear an imitation of the applause of the crowd.
Additionally, sightseers can view a unique piece of history on display in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum: George Washington’s annotated copy of the “Acts of Congress.” This rare volume gained attention throughout the world this past summer when it was offered for sale and broke auction records for an American historical document. The well-preserved book includes Washington’s copy of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and other legislation passed by the first session of Congress. It is also complete with George Washington’s personal annotations. The “Acts of Congress” will remain on display through Feb. 18.
All of the special inauguration activities are included in the Mount Vernon Estate admission: adults, $17; children ages 6-11, $8; and children under 5 are free. Please visit MountVernon.org for more information and to plan a visit.
Micaela Williamson is the creator of www.supernovamommy.com, a popular, local blog that focuses on Northern Virginia families and events. Her website was recently voted “Best Blog 2012” in Northern Virginia Magazine. Micaela enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.