The Food Court at Mount Vernon, located in glass-enclosed Pavilion is a restaurant (details in my Restaurants tip - do NOT eat there!), not a shop. But they offered some food, mainly cookies from Mrs. Fields just like in a grocery.
What to buy: I bought a little tin of Moravian cookies at the cashier's desk. I can say that it was good choice, I liked them.
Moravian cookies are traditional Christmas cookies in Moravia, Czechoslovakia and in... North Carolina (the Winston-Salem area to be more exact) where Czechoslovakian immigrants brought this cookies to the United States.
What to pay: As I remember well Moravian cookies costed some $5.00.
The folks at Mount Vernon have cleverly made sure that your exit from the grounds leads you straight into their gift shop. The shop is huge and includes anything and everything you could want to remind you of your trip to Mount Vernon. You'll be able to purchase ornaments, calendars, jams, candy, jewelry, colonial hats, pens, mugs, guidebooks, and more. Prices are somewhat high, given the captive audience, but not completely unreasonable.
This little, charming store focuses on the First Lady or Lady Washington, as Mrs. (Martha) Washington was known in her lifetime. It offers various gifts, reproductions, needlework, chinaware, food and garden items, books (incl. for kids) and postcards.
What to buy: I bought postcards (30 ¢ small, 50 ¢ large called jumbo, add 5% sales tax) of the interior of Mount Vernon, in which photography was prohibited and Mount Vernon Official Guidebook ($5.00 incl. tax).
I paid attention to a few books including the book "First Ladies" - The Saga of the President's Wives and Their Power 1789 - 1961 by Carl Sferrazza Anthony (a speech writer for Nancy Reagan). I found this book very interesting. Well, being at the beginning of quite expensive trip I didn't buy the book :-(. As I rmember it cost somewhat over $20.00.
What to pay: The prices at this shop weren't as outrageous as in many other gift shops at other famous and highly visited places like for example Collonial Williamsburg.
Strategically located at the entrance and exit of Mount Vernon, the gift shop offers every sort of whatnot related to Mount Vernon and George Washington.
What to buy: Matt and I bought a bunch of postcards of the interiour of Mount Vernon, in which photography was prohibited.
What to pay: The prices at this museum gift shop weren't as outrageous as others, like Colonial Williamsburg.
What to buy: Featured products include gifts, reproductions, chinaware, needlework, food and garden items, and a grandmother's toy corner, all reflecting Mrs. Washington's interests. I got me a Mount Vernon Christmas ornament.
It is a large shop which offers various gifts, ceramics, jewelry, books on both the estate and George Washington himself, reproductions of Mount Vernon treasures, toys and games from a bygone era and Virginia's food and wine selection. There is Christmas Corner with decorative Christmas trees at the back. It stays open all the year round.
The shop is outside the estate, thus no admission is necessary to shop.
What to buy: I bought postcards of the interiour of Mount Vernon, in which photography was prohibited.
Just in case... the online shop is here.
What to pay: Postcards cost 30 ¢ (small) and 50 ¢ (large). The prices at this museum gift shop weren't as outrageous as others, like Colonial Williamsburg.