March 29, 2014
I am going to devote this post to Mt. Vernon because I took so many pictures! It was a great place to see. Only thing was that Ross lost his glasses. Thankfully they were his old pair so we were ok as far as him seeing. We filled out a lost and found report and this week they called to tell us they had found them! They will mail them to Kathleen rather than our house so she can keep them safe.
Starting the tour is a statue of the Washington family, maybe a bit more than life size!
Mt. Vernon in miniature.No pictures in the house, again, but we could take them in the slave quarters, managers quarters, and in the out buildings that a subject to more sunlight.This is a real blacksmith’s shop. The man working actually made the tools on the counter and was making a turned trivet when we watched. Ross thought it was fake until he saw the flames from the fire.Coming up to the building…Very foggy and rainy on this day… That is the Potomac River.People in period costume.Stables of course.Yes, it is a working plantation on a minor scale here.And this is the Washington tomb now. We were there for a ceremonial wreath laying.You can tell how foggy and rainy it was from this! This is a cruise ship that takes you on a Potomac River cruise. I might have done it but what could you see today!?Cool!The Mt. Vernon site has a fairly new museum included in the price of the tickets, $17. I thought it was fantastic!I neglected to get a picture of the young George Washington at age 19. Some very talented scientists took pictures of him and found out what he might have looked like at younger ages. There are no pictures or paintings of him at a young age so it was the only way to show his age progression from a young man. This is a picture from http://americanelephant.wordpress.com/
I would highly recommend seeing Mt. Vernon if you are ever in the DC area. It was one of the best we have visited so far!