The Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds of George Washington - Atlas Obscura
Free iron-on Atlas Obscura badge when you preorder our new kids’ book. Shop now.

Mount Vernon, Virginia

The Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds of George Washington

Join us at George Washington's Mount Vernon as we enter the world of deception where fraudulent artifacts and signatures can elude even the experts' eyes.

For centuries, George Washington forgers have attempted to make a pretty penny off faking book plates and handwriting of our nation's first president. 

Join us at George Washington's Mount Vernon as we work with the experts at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington to discover the fake, the forged, the fraudulent, and the spurious world of Washington’s words. Can you spot a real Washington signature from a forgery?

Attendees will have the opportunity to view and compare side-by-side manuscripts and documents not normally on display from both the man himself and those who pretended to be him. 

Afterwards, the exploration of the estate will continue as we will be given a private tour of Washington's mansion and rare access into the basement. Then, attendees will have the chance to explore the estate, education center, and museum themselves, which includes the new interactive "Be Washington" game and recently renovated Revolutionary War 4D Theater.  

ADDITIONAL DETAILS 

  • Our meeting point will be outside of the library gate. Further information will be sent to attendees several days prior to the event. 
  • Due to the delicate nature of the artifacts and the library's collections, this adventure is open only to explorers over 10 years old.
  • Mount Vernon has plenty of free parking on site. It's also accessible via public transportation, but requires an additional ride from the yellow line's Huntington Station. For additional information about parking, public transportation, and driving directions, please visit Mount Vernon's website.
  • This event will require a significant amount of walking on uneven surfaces. Please wear comfortable shoes.
  • Photography is encouraged in all areas except inside the mansion and in the museum. Flash photography is not allowed in the library.
  • Only bottled water is allowed on the property. Other food and beverages are not allowed. Additionally, bags larger than 16" x 16" x 8" are not allowed and all bags are subject to inspection.
  • This ticket includes access to Mount Vernon for the rest of the day. If you plan on spending the rest of the day at the estate, here are a few tips for your visit.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Matt Blitz at matt@atlasobscura.com.

Add wonder to your inbox! Sign up for Atlas Obscura newsletters and join our Atlas Obscura Society D.C. Facebook group to discover unexpected stories, amazing places, and remarkable events and trips around the world. 

Advance tickets only. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges.