We had a great time showing my brother-in-law some of the sights we have enjoyed over the years. The first place we took him to was Mount Vernon, George Washington's old home. But first, we found this wonderful motorcyle in the parking lot. I asked the boys to pose behind it as they had taken a great interest.
It was a beautiful machine and goes way back. I found a website with their timeline here if you are interested.
Gregg took these.
This fence surrounds the garden. We didn't go through this time as it is so early in the year, and not much to look at. I would like to go again when I know there will be more flowers blooming.
We started off at the visitor center and I was immediately drawn to this picture representing George Washington.
There were many interesting items to look at, like the statue of the family.
and this wonderful stained glass on the wall. My brother-in-law is standing at one end.
Here's a closer view of the middle section.
There was also a wonderful doll's house nearby, a replica of Mount Vernon.
After watching a very good short movie showing part of Washington's life, we began our tour.
Unfortunately we couldn't take photos inside but I did remember to buy some postcards on our way out, showing most of the rooms. I also sneaked a quick shot at the end of the tour, one of the kitchen. Others were doing so and I seem to remember being told by a docent last time that it was okay, so......
This shows the door we came out of.
In Part 2, I will share what we saw on the rest of our walk on the grounds.
Five facts about Mount Vernon that I found on their website.
1) There was a smaller place built on this spot before the present house. It was a one-and-a-half story farmhouse originally, built by George's father, Augustine Washington.
2) Mount Vernon is named for an Admiral in the British Navy.
3) The mansion is ten times the size of the average home in colonial Virginia.
4) Mount Vernon is not symmetrical but George wanted it to be.
5) The cupola is topped with a weathervane in the shape of a dove of peace.
You can read a more extended version of the above facts if you click on this link, and also read more facts.
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