Colonial Market & Fair returns to Mount Vernon this September

Shoppers can find unique silver, leather and ceramic items, and indulge in some traditional desserts while exploring all the fair has to offer.

Photo courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Hand-woven baskets and goat’s milk soap are probably not on the top of your weekly shopping list.

But as the gift-giving season starts to inch closer, you might be on the hunt for one-of-a-kind items for family and friends (or little things to treat yourself with), and Mount Vernon is offering a great place to get a head start: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Colonial Market & Fair.

The experience could not be more different than a trip to the mall. Instead, find local artisans, bakers and creators selling goods such as hand-woven rugs, silver kettles and custom embroidery, as well as demonstrators who will explore the traditional techniques of wood working, sewing and pottery.

Live music and traditional demonstrations will take place throughout the day, with a chance for attendees to meet General Washington and interact with various entertainers (including fire breathers!).

The more than 35 vendors for the event include Knightingales + Gilson Glassblowers, Perrin Cottage Perfumery, Sycamore Spring Clothier and more. Don’t forget to grab a Colonial-style dessert from one of the pop-up bakeries, too.

The entry fee is included in general admission ticket to Mount Vernon. // George Washington’s Mount Vernon:  3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon; Sept. 14-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $20 adults, $12 children

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