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Jun 7, 2013 - Mount Vernon

Coming up the Potomac River to Washington, DC we passed Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. Celinda suggested this was an important place to visit so we tried to organize to tie up to the dock but they did not allow any boats overnight. So we came up by car from Washington with Celinda’s cousin Barbara. Although I lived in the States for many years, it is really on this trip that I am understanding more of the history of America and the huge achievement of forming a nation in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War and then later...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Mount Vernon

When we woke up, we packed up and checked out of the hotel and took a short scenic drive along the George Washington Memorial Parkway south through Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve and on to the end of the parkway at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. We purchased our tickets and had over an hour to explore the property before our timed entry into the mansion. Being spring time, there were many baby animals throughout the grounds, including cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens. We also walked through the several gardens on the property and...

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Oct 7, 2011 - in the footsteps of Presidents

October 3 and 7 I love American history, particularly the period around the Revolutionary War. It fascinates me to see how a new nation can be born and what led up to this revolution taking place. With this mindset I looked forward to touring the homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Both proud Virginians I found they had a connection from a very early age when GW was a surveyor and worked with TJ’s father. Both were early explorers of the Natural Bridge where GW left his mark. GW may not have cut down the cherry tree but he did...

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Sep 23, 2011 - Northern Virginia In The RAIN

It was raining today but we decided to drive up I-95 to Mt. Vernon and then visit the new Marine Corp Museum near Quantico. Mt. Vernon has a great visitor's center and museum that is DRY--A wonderful display of artifacts from George and Martha Washington's life at Mt. Vernon. We did get to tour the home and it was very elaborate with details throughout the house. It was interesting that the original home was built prior to the Revolution but did not have the 23 inch wide floor boards that we had seen in other structures in New England. I...

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Jun 21, 2011 - George Washington's Home and Estate

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...

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Oct 9, 2010 - Mount Vernon

Today we took the 50K drive down into Virginia to see George Washington's plantation, Mount Vernon. A very popular place, the parking lots were jammed full when we got there but we managed to find a spot on the first go around. We grabbed our tickets and headed over to watch the introductory movie, and then still having quite some time until our mansion tour time , we checked out a number of the out buildings such as the blacksmith shop, slave quarters, stables, and paddock area. We then lined up for the mansion tour and in very little time...

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Jul 7, 2010 - Washington's home!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7TH Day 2 Washington DC Landmarks 6:30 a.m. Breakfast at the Embassy Suites. 7 a.m. Leave to mount Vernon 8 a.m. Check in (trip includes: entrance, distillery and Potomac river ride) 5:30 p.m head back to D.C. 6:00 Family Friendly happy Hour at the Embassy Suites (cheese, crackers & drinks) MOUNT VERNON EXCURSION George Washington so liked his estate at Mount Vernon that he placed the capital nearby so he didn’t have to move when elected president. We toured his gardens and mansion, where George and Martha lived from 1761...

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May 17, 2009 - Mt. Vernon, VA

When George Washington lived at Mount Vernon, it was an 8,000-acre plantation divided into five farms. Each farm was a complete unit, with its own overseers, work force of slaves, livestock, equipment, and buildings. The farm where Washington and his family lived was called the "Mansion House Farm." This is the part of the plantation that we saw today. Washington developed the property's 500 acres to create a fitting setting for a country gentleman. He designed the grounds to include a deep border of woods, rolling meadows, serpentine...

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May 6, 2009 - Fredericksburg Battleground & Mt Vernon

Two great days of exploring Wednesday we did Fredericksburg battlefields and Washington's mother's home. We had forgotten much of the details of the battle. A relatively few Confederate soldiers held off a much larger number of Union soldiers. Union generals were looking for an easy victory and in the end took such heavy losses that the battle of Fredericksburg turned out to be one of the worst of the war. When you actually walk the Confederate positions, it is hard to imagine the Union could have been so foolhardy to attack in the manner...

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Oct 2, 2008 - Mount Vernon

You know the look on George Washington’s face in all the late life pictures of him? He sort of looks like he was gritting his teeth, doesn’t he? Well, he kind of was. The poor man had just one tooth left in his mouth by the time he was elected President. The man was a martyr to his teeth. He tried brushing them and everything he knew at that time, and still they got infected and fell out or had to be pulled. The reason he’s gritting, is that he really does have false teeth in. They are a device of torture. At least to look at them. They’re...

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Jul 29, 2008 - Mount Vernon, VA

Mount Vernon was the home of George and Martha Washington for forty years. It sits on the edge of the Potomac River with beautiful views. Despite his long absences for military duty and public service he was constantly expanding and improving his plantation from 2,000 to 8,000 acres. The interior rooms of the mansion are decorated with the brilliant colors of green and blue used to express ones wealth at that time. There are many out buildings and gardens to visit. Their burial site is located in one of the gardens.

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Jul 5, 2008 - Mount Vernon

After packing up and checking out of our hotel in Williamsburg, we headed to Mount Vernon to pay our respects to the father of our country. Many other people had the same idea, but we were on the early side so we did not have much of a problem with crowds. The rain has mostly stopped, so there are no more drowned rat photos today. The mansion lived up to our expectations, but there were a few surprises. The vibrant colors used on some of the interior walls were downright . . . gaudy. Especially the very green dining room. Apparently, use of...

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