Fall Harvest Family Days

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October 16, 2005|By LORI SEARS | LORI SEARS,SUN STAFF

A traditional fall harvest will be celebrated this weekend in Mount Vernon, Va. Visitors to George Washington's estate and gardens can enjoy Fall Harvest Family Days. The two-day event features performances by 18th-century musicians, wheat-treading demonstrations in Washington's 16-sided barn, candlemaking and blacksmithing demonstrations and more.

Children can enjoy playing early-American games, such as hoops and graces, and they can make their own cornhusk dolls, take wagon rides, venture through a straw bale maze and roast their own apple slices. In addition, costumed field workers will be on hand to demonstrate open-fire cooking.

Fall Harvest Family Days take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Mount Vernon, 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway. Free with admission to the estate, which is $11; $10.50 seniors; $5 ages 6-11; free for ages under 5. Details: 703-780-2000 or mountvernon.org.

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