Mount Vernon Virtual Tour Review
Excellent Resource for Teaching History – Virtual Field Trip
Explore the Mount Vernon Mansion, Estate, Gardens, Gristmill, Distillery and Library through beautiful 360 degree panoramic photography. The second best way to see Mount Vernon.
We love virtual field trips. T and I have been learning all about American History. It’s no secret that George Washington is my favorite historical figure. So you can imagine how excited I was when I came across this virtual field trip to Mount Vernon. Complete with informative text and videos, this is truly a valuable resource worth sharing with your students.
A bit of background: Mount Vernon was inherited by George Washington from his half-brother, Lawrence. It graces the shores of the Potomac River in beautiful Virginia and is absolutely overflowing with History. This was the final resting place of both George and Martha Washington.
I would love to take T in person and I probably will. After all, only 6 and a half hours are between us. But for now, this virtual tour which takes us through the rooms of the mansion, across the grounds and gardens and even into the outbuildings, is almost as good as the real thing.
Some of our favorite discoveries on the virtual tour were the pistols in Washington’s study. T loves antique weapons so the pistols and also the sword which was hidden in the closet were exciting finds. He also liked the looks of the iron strong-box which held so much of Washington’s wealth. He thought it was cool that the dining room was painted green and the ceiling was so ornate. In the stables, we discovered the coach and the war horses. The blacksmith shop fascinated T. Also, the sunken ship the Federalist, which remains hidden under the choppy surface of the Potomac sent his imagination into overdrive. The rare book collection in the library caught my attention. These and so many other treasures can be discovered on this virtual tour.
I am happy to recommend this outstanding material which is accurate and informative. The exploration itself is likely to keep the attention of your students! I considered a scavenger hunt and you may want to also. There are countless opportunities to learn more about discoveries at Mount Vernon. For example, we wanted to learn more about the Bastille key which we discovered hanging on a wall and ended up learning a lot about the French Revolution.
There is a tab on the site for Education which offers a great variety of free lesson plans and teaching materials you can include those with this study. Check them out below.
Yorktown: Now or Never Companion teaching materials for Mount Vernon’s popular Yorktown: Now or Never 20-minute series on the Battle of Yorktown. The companion includes a secondary source analysis worksheet for upper elementary students. Celebrating George Washington In The Classroom Included are two activities for celebrating George Washington in the classroom.
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