In a recent study of 5000 outdoor history museum visitors, 82% said that they visited these sites to “hear stories of everyday people.” The second and third runner-ups were, “because they were places for children to learn history” (79%) and, “to immerse themselves in the past” (62%).* At Mount Vernon, one of the most popular activities for visitors of all ages is the chance to meet our first person interpreters. Our first person interpreters have to strike the perfect balance between history professor and Hollywood actor, all while riding a horse, making hoe-cakes over an open fire, performing 18th century dances, or embroidering pillows. On top of that, you throw in heavy costumes, weather extremes, and fifty 8th graders trying to stump you. The South Park episode at the “1864 Pioneer Park,” always comes to mind as you watch children looking excitedly for the digital watch or the lone black hair under the white wig!
If you would like to “hear stories of everyday people” that lived in Washington’s World, Mount Vernon’s first person interpreters, such as Dr. Craik, Billy Lee, and Charlotte, can be seen on the estate everyday, rain or shine, and perform in the Greenhouse every afternoon. Visitors can also enjoy an audience with Martha Washington five days a week in the Little Theater.
More information about Washington’s World can be found on our website.
*The study was conducted by Reach Advisors.