What you'll do
This is your opportunity to see Mount Vernon like a local. Even local residents are unaware of the rich history we have here in Mount Vernon, outside of the famous estate of George Washington. Our first stop will be at the Gum Springs Museum with GSM President Ron Chase to learn about one of the first communities of freedmen founded by West Ford, a freed slave and former foreman to the house servants at Mount Vernon. Depending on availability, we will also visit one of Good Shepherd Housing's affordable apartments and hear how our mission has evolved with our changing community. On our way to the Woodlawn Mansion, you’ll spy the Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse, home to abolitionists who supported the economic independence of free African-Americans in Woodlawn and Gum Springs. Our next stop will include special tour of the Woodlawn Mansion, which was part of the original Mount Vernon estate. We will conclude our day with a tour and wine tasting at one of Fairfax County's newest wineries, Woodlawn Press Winery.
I'm the Director of Development at Good Shepherd Housing. I'm also a small business owner, who has lived in the Mount Vernon area for almost twenty years. I ran for county supervisor a few years ago, and had the good fortune to learn even more about the history of our community as part of that experience, and I love sharing that history with others. Mount Vernon is so much more than the estate of George Washington! Mount Vernon is the home of the Gum Springs Community, Gunston Hall, the Woodlawn Quaker Meeting House, Fort Belvoir, and the Workhouse, to just name a few.
About the organization
Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc.
In the DC metropolitan area, increases in the cost of housing routinely outpace increases in wages, leaving many to struggle with long-term housing stability. With community support, Good Shepherd Housing offers affordable housing coupled with customized case management to help families achieve long-term success. We also provide financial support for children's activities and summer camps.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services, Inc..
A box lunch will be provided at the start of the bus tour. Please alert us if you have allergies we need to be aware of.
Wine tasting We will also have water available for guests.
A passenger van We usually use USA Livery Inc.
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Where you'll be
Mount Vernon is the home of the Gum Springs Community, the Woodlawn Mansion, the Woodlawn Quaker Meeting House, Fort Belvoir, and George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, to just name a few. Besides these points of interest, we will also drive through one of the apartment communities that Good Shepherd Housing is actively redeveloping, and we may get to visit an apartment if one is available to see!
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 13 and up can attend.
This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.
A box lunch will be offered on the bus. After the wine tasting, there are several restaurants next door offering snacks.
Mount Vernon's Hidden Gems Tour