The listing for this national monument is Mount Vernon, Virginia, but that's incorrect. The Washington Birthplace National Monument is located on Virginia's Northern Neck, near Colonial Beach and Westmoreland State Park.
We spent about 90 minutes there, and could have stayed longer if not for the heat and humidity.
There's a small visitor's center with a 14 minute video that talks about Washington's life and first four years at Wakefield (what the farm was called). After watching the video, you walk over to the memorial home, which also includes a model of what the kitchen building would have looked like, and the original foundation of the home. The view from the home out to Pope's Creek is beautiful. After touring the house and the outbuildings (which include farm animals), you can walk down to the water, over a footbridge and along the shore for a scenic walk. You might see eagles or ospreys, which are common in the area in summer.
After you walk back to the visitor center and get in your car, you can drive down to the family cemetery and a beach on the Potomac River. There's also a picnic area. The beach was very nice - great views in all directions.
There is no admission fee to enter the national monument. There is a little gift shop that includes a station to stamp your National Park passports if you or your kids have them.
We really enjoyed our time at this site and would recommend it to others interested in Virginia or George Washington history.
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