2011 Presidents, Patriots, & Caverns travel blog

Baptismal font from England dating back 1066

The Apostle's Creed, Lord's Prayer, and 10 Commandments

Plaque marking one of Washington's box pews

Sole original baluster in altar railing returned to the church in 1906...

Graffiti from Union soldiers

Mount Vernon Mansion model

Mount Vernon Mansion

Huge Rose of Sharon

Old Washington tomb

New Washington family tomb

George and Martha's sarcophaguses

Memorial to Washington slaves buried on the estate

Giant Watering Can at Hollywood and Vines Garden Center in Mount Vernon

The weather cleared up overnight and today is hot and humid. It's eastern Virginia so what else is new.

We stopped at Pohick Church and it was open. The church dates back to the 1770's and was George Washington's church when he was at Mount Vernon. It's a typical Virginia Colonial church that is retangular in shape. By 1840 it had fallen into disrepair, and a number of noted Americans, including Martin VanBuren, John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, and Francis Scott Key, contributed to it's renovation. During the Civil War, it was occupied by Union troops as a balloon observation post. The troops stationed there apparently did alot of damage, carving in the soft sandstone trim around windows and doors, and removing alot of the wooden trim and railings from the inside. Inside the church, you can see the pews purchased by George Washington for his familiy as well as those for the George Mason family.

George Washington's Estate and Gardens fits his description that "No estate in United America is more pleasently situated than this...". The mansion sits on top of a bluff overlooking the Potomac River surrounded by gardens, farm fields and forest. It's an interesting tour through the mansion, out buildings, and grounds. A short walk down the hill leads you to Washington's old tomb and the current mausoleum where he and Martha and other family members are interred. Also on the grounds is the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Educational Center which contains alot of displays of paintings and sculpture, period furnishings and other significant objects.

The most appealing part of the museum to me was to be reminded of what George Washington did to help create our Country as Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, leader of the first Constitutional Convention, and finally as President. When he finally retired to Mount Vernon he only lived 2 years bfore he died. He loved Mount Vernon, but was only able to spend 2 or 3 years in the last 20 years of his life. Will we ever see another George Washington? We need one now.

We're excited about moving on to see Monticello and Montpelier tomorrow.

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