Archive for January 2013

Mount Vernon Celebrates Black History Month

Throughout February, Mount Vernon is celebrating Black History Month by paying homage to the slaves who built and operated George and Martha Washington’s plantation for so many years.  This annual celebration allows visitors to take a gander into the daily life of the slaves through the refurbished slave quarters on the site. The slave quarters housed the skilled craftsmen, the house slaves, and the laborers that maintained the mansion and estate on a daily basis. The refurbished quarters are set with reproduction clothing, tools, furniture, cookware, ceramics, toys and other personal accessories of the men, women, and children who resided there.

Mount Vernon Slave Memorial

The presentation runs daily from February 1 – February 28 (except for February 18), and there is a daily wreathlaying ceremony at the slave memorial.

Mount Vernon: George Washington’s Estate & Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
Telephone: 703-780-2000
Admission: $17/adults, $8/child, 5 and under are free


Presidential Inaugural Beer Dinner with Yards Brewery at Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Gadsby's Tavern MuseumDate: Friday, January 18, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Address: 134 N. Royal St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: 703-746-4242
Admission: $85 per person, all-inclusive
Website: Click here

Visit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, an 18th century tavern and hotel, on the evening of Friday, January 18 for a kick-off to the Inauguration Weekend. This dinner is all about history – historic beer selections, historic food selections, historic setting, and a historic weekend. For foodies and history nerds, this dinner is one for the books.

Each of the four courses is named after an influential president from our nation’s history. The George Washington First Course – bite sized duck sausage, ham biscuits, and hoecake paired with Washington’s Tavern Porter – will be served upstairs at the museum. Dinner guests will move downstairs for the Thomas Jefferson Second Course – barley soup paired with Jefferson’s Tavern Ale. The Abraham Lincoln Third Course will feature roasted pheasant with wild rice stuffing, rotkraut, and farmhouse biscuits paired with Yard’s Extra Special Ale. The Barack Obama Fourth Course will round out the meal with a coconut chiffon pumpkin pie paired with Yard’s Philadelphia Pale Ale. All courses may be served vegetarian upon request.

For more information, and for registration for the dinner, visit the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum website. Admission is $85 per person, and dress for the evening is smart casual.