Although the Washington Nationals won the 2019 World Series in a historic game seven last night, it turns out baseball was not George Washington’s favorite sport! Do you know what was?
George Washington was known as the greatest horseman of his time and the “father of the American foxhound”. And a fox hunt combines both of these loves. To celebrate Washington’s love of the sport, Mount Vernon will be hosting “Hounds & Horses” on November 2nd.
Visitors to Mount Vernon on November 2nd will experience a simulated fox hunt demonstration. During the fox hunt, visitors can learn about the sport of foxhunting and why Washington was known as the greatest horseman of his age.
But rest assured, no foxes will be hurt during the hunt. A cast of horses and riders, in full hunting attire, will demonstrate a simulated fox hunt demonstration. Visitors can even meet Nelson, a horse similar to Washington’s beloved warhorse.
Check out the full “Horses & Hounds” day itinerary here.
And if you are planning a school trip to Washington, D.C. or Colonial Virginia, be sure to browse our sample itineraries or read our licensed tour guide’s take on taking a school group to visit Mount Vernon.