George Washington's Mount Vernon

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3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA, USA

George Washington's Mount Vernon Reviews

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Feeling Presidential Jun 25, 2017
If you endeavor to witness Presidential homes, it seems inconceivable to leave Mount Vernon off the list. I will share the traffic and tourist crowds place this at the top of the list of most stressful presidential homes I have visited, but at the end of the day it is not miserable and there is a wonderful payoff for enduring the crowds..

Mount Vernon is a splendid plantation, and folks often overlook how focused George was on improving agricultural opportunity for broader America. A farmer at heart, the nation’s first president devoted great time and effort attempting to develop new crops for successful exploitation in the New World. This is underscored by the sheer number of green sites on campus at Mount Vernon.

In addition to the lovely Upper Garden is George’s Botanical Garden, a tiny spot where he devoted great personal time trying to nurture various imports (usually without success). A nursery is on the premises, as is a greenhouse and a delightful forest trail. If you need an escape from the big city of Washington, DC, Mount Vernon is the ticket! As an aside, there is an excellent bike trail running from downtown directly here, so please keep that in mind as another way to get here (you can rent bikes in Alexandria).

Of course the prime attraction is George and Martha’s mansion, and you will find a time printed on your admission ticket for when to queue for this tour (you are free to wander aimlessly everywhere else once inside). Unfortunately this is too mass production oriented for my liking. A victim of success, the crush of visitors mandates the masses be expediently shepherded through – you simply get paraded through the rooms with attendants reciting their monologue and no opportunity for savoring or posing questions. No photography permitted inside.

The self-guided balance of exploring the grounds is more productive. Tastefully appointed and adequately documented, sites such as slave quarters (separate for men and women), blacksmith shop, shoemaker shop and overseer’s quarters are engaging and offer a richer taste of the times. Despite the stifling crowds, Mount Vernon contains a bounty of interesting spots which disperse the multitudes.

I found it refreshing to be most struck by the luscious views from the plantation over the Potomac River Valley just the same as twenty years ago. This is an incredible setting and I remain jealous that George was able to call it home.
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Upper Garden at Mount Vernon
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