Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm Site
Pioneer Farm Site
This four acre site features rare breed barn animals (oxen, mules, roosters, sheep and chickens) similar to the varieties Washington had at his farms. Seasonal activities guide visitors through the history of farming on Mount Vernon.
The re-created 16 sided barn that George Washington designed was used for their wheat processing. Horses or mules were used to walk around the circular second floor treading wheat. They were then able to scoop it up out of the bottom level and send it over to the gristmill to be made into flour.
The cultivated area includes eight fields, and illustrates Washington's advanced farming practices and crop rotation scheme. During the summer months, interns join the period attired staff to demonstrate the farming techniques Washington advocated such as conserving the soil, using a range of fertilizers, controlling erosion, and working with farm animals.
Visitors are invited to participate in all aspects of colonial farm life. The activities vary according to the seasonal farming schedule. The farm is just a short five minute walk from the mansion.
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