The farm is an outdoor living-history museum that provides a glimpse of life on an 18th-century tobacco plantation; interpreters lead tours of the Farm, highlighting the colonial structures, fields, gardens and animals. Structures within the site that are open to the public include a circa 1780 farm dwelling, an 18th-century tobacco barn, smokehouse, necessary and out-kitchen.
A recognized leader in the field of historic plant preservation, the Farm cultivates field crops such as Orinoco tobacco and Virginia Gourdseed corn. An extensive garden, the source for much of the Farms heirloom seed stock, features 18th-century varieties of herbs, flowers, and vegetables. A public pier and riverside path provide scenic views along the edge of the Potomac River and a beautiful view of Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington.
The National Colonial Farm is open throughout the school year for pre-scheduled guided tours. Call for Visitor Center hours and public tour information.