With Presidents day coming up on Monday, learn about the history of the country’s first president and Virginia native George Washington. Here are five local events that will transport you back to the 18th century for a special look at Washington’s life.
Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Take a trip down to Fredericksburg for a tour of Washington’s childhood home. The property will host a variety of archaeologists, curators, historians and other experts for a lesson on the home of the Washington family and slavery at the farm. Social distancing and masks will be required. // George Washington’s Ferry Farm: 268 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg; $5
Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
This President’s Day honor George Washington with a trip to Mount Vernon. At the estate, guests can meet with General Washington and other characters as they share stories. Online, guests will be able to watch the special wreath laying ceremony through livestream. Advanced reservations are required. // George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon; free
Feb. 19 & 26
Watch the different phases of Washington’s life play out through the theater. The third and fourth acts will cover the years after the revolution, his presidency and retirement. After the show, the audience will be able to participate in a Q & A session. // $20 per act
Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Celebrate the country’s first president with a birthday celebration. Throughout the day, guests will be able to explore 12 acres full of music, demonstrations and a meet and greet with General Washington. Advanced reservations are required. // George Washington’s Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon; free
Through Feb. 25
Take your history lesson to the streets with a scavenger hunt. Print out your clues and head to Alexandria to uncover the mystery of George Washington. A prize drawing will take place for those who submit a correct clue sheet. // Various locations around Alexandria; free
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