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Featured Tour

Founding Fathers Presidential Home Tour


Many locations in the Chesapeake Watershed have direct connections to American Presidents--historic sites, monuments, and memorials.  But of these places, none captivate the public’s attention more than the homes of the early American presidents.  Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Montpelier are some of the most visited historic homes in the region. 

Start the trip at the official home and primary workplace of the sitting U.S. President since 1800.  Then travel into Virginia to tour breathtaking landscapes and the remarkable historic homes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Embracing your inner history geek has never been so enjoyable.   

Since the locations offer many options for visitors, it is recommended that travelers consult with each site’s website to plan their visit.

Drive time: 3 hours

Stop 1: Presidents Park

Drive time to stop 2 using George Washington Memorial Parkway is 35 minutes

Stop 2: Mount Vernon Estate

Drive time to stop 3 via I-95 is 1 hour 40 minutes

Stop 3: Montpelier

Drive time to stop 4 via I-64 W is 1 hour

Stop 4: Monticello

President’s Park (White House)

The Center features many aspects of the White House, including its architecture, furnishings, first families, social events, and relations with the press and world leaders as well as a thirty minute video.

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, George Washington’s plantation on the banks of the beautiful Potomac River, offers visitors a chance to understand America’s first hero and the fascinating world in which he lived.


The Montpelier estate features the mansion, garden, historic buildings, exhibits, archaeological sites, and forests trails. Stroll the grounds, picnic, and learn more about the Constitution, James Madison, and Montpelier.


When visiting Monticello you can tour the mountaintop house that Jefferson designed and built for himself and his family, enjoy the beauty of its grounds, and explore the complexities of Jefferson's enduring global legacy.

Kate Marks Hardy

Kate is a visual information specialist at the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay office in Annapolis.

February 16, 2017

Main image: The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. (Image credit: TAdams / NPS)
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