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bridge over the Potomac River, crossing into Virginia

Started the day with pancake breakfasts, which I remember this hostel, always serving. And yes, I enjoyed it very much. Then back to the room, to take care of some things. I would get ready, and had to pack up, as I made 2 different reservations at this place. Remember that part about this being a last-minute trip? So I would be in a different room.

After getting the things needed and to do, I went out, to the Metro. Added more money to the Smartrip Card, then got on the Metro, as I was taking a day trip to Mount Vernon in Virginia. Crossing over the Potomac River, I was in Virginia, and arrived at Huntington station. Then went to a nearby 7-Eleven, to get some soda. Then back to the station, to catch the bus to Mount Vernon.

I arrived there, and went inside the Ford Orientation Center, which is where my visit to Mt.

me with the Washingtons
Vernon begins. Looked around for a bit, and then watched the introduction film. Then went outside, to see the estate grounds. 

In addition to seeing the mansion itself, I would see the different gardens, and other buildings. I may have missed most of these buildings when I visited back in 2008. Like where the servants stayed, as well as the different buildings where the slaves stayed. I tried to see as much as I can, before the mansion tour.

Speaking of which, that was the huge difference between my previous visit in 2008, and this one. The mansion can only be seen on a guided tour now. Back then, people just get in line and walk through it. Now, I had to pick a time for a tour. 

When the guided tour started, I find out that the guide is from Philly.
me in front of the mansion
And even talked some football for a little bit. But he had to focus on the tour itself, as he showed us the grounds, and how GW made sure that the estate was symmetrical. That meant, that it has to be same on both sides. For example, if there is a garden on one side, then there has to be a garden on the other side as well. 

We went inside the mansion, and were shown the different rooms. Well, one thing that did not change from my last visit, is that photography inside the mansion is still not allowed. Still, it was nice to see the rooms again, as well as the view at the back of the mansion. Plus chairs to sit on, where one can enjoy the views of the Potomac River.

After the tour ended, I looked around the estate some more, but not everything, as it is huge. And I was feeling hot and my feet were sore.
George's dentures
Plus time was running out, as I wanted enough time to go inside the museum part. 

After seeing the grounds, I went inside the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center. Started with the Education Center part, which was about the life of George Washington. And then, the Museum part, which has temporary exhibitions. This one, was about slavery on Mount Vernon. This part did not allow photography at all. But I thought this part was a very interesting one, as it did some profiles on some of the slaves. Plus artifacts that now belong to the descendents of the slaves. Plus learning how GW himself would change his views and start to hate slavery.

Leaving the museum, I thought the entire place would close down. But as it turned out, the museum and education center would close one hour later than the estate.
political cartoon, on how to address the President
So I went through the Education Center again, and watched some of the films. Stayed around until closing time was approached. More about visiting Mount Vernon, along with more photos, in the review here.

I would leave Mount Vernon, and hopped on the bus, taking me to the Metro. Then the Metro back to DC.

Once back at the hostel, I would end up letting in someone, who I did wonder, was actually staying at the hostel. Turns out that person was.

Also, I was in a different room. I would pick up a cheap dinner from the grocery store, and eat it in the kitchen at the hostel. Plus get to meet a woman from LA, as well as a few other people.

Took care of a few other things, before going to sleep.

WalterC says:
I just take breakfast, because it is included, as I try to keep costs down. And yeah, pancakes are great!
Posted on: Sep 16, 2017
planxty says:
Breakfast is a meal that I rarely take but I could eat pancakes at any hour of the day!
Posted on: Sep 15, 2017
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bridge over the Potomac River, cro…
bridge over the Potomac River, cr…
me with the Washingtons
me with the Washingtons
me in front of the mansion
me in front of the mansion
Georges dentures
George's dentures
political cartoon, on how to addre…
political cartoon, on how to addr…
gardeners house
gardener's house
inside the gardeners house
inside the gardener's house
botanical garden - 1
botanical garden - 1
botanical garden - 2
botanical garden - 2
slave quarters
slave quarters
slave quarters - mens bunk beds
slave quarters - men's bunk beds
stove room
stove room
slave quarters - womens bunk beds
slave quarters - women's bunk beds
storehouse
storehouse
clerks office and quarters
clerk's office and quarters
archaeology in progress
archaeology in progress
wash house
wash house
front of mansion
front of mansion
lower garden
lower garden
view of Potomac River from mansion
view of Potomac River from mansion
back of the mansion
back of the mansion
the wharf
the wharf
me in front of George and Martha W…
me in front of George and Martha …
diorama of the Surrender at Fort …
diorama of the "Surrender at Fort…
items belonging to Martha Washingt…
items belonging to Martha Washing…
portrait of what Martha Washington…
portrait of what Martha Washingto…
painting of George Washington: Ar…
painting of "George Washington: A…
Mount Vernon Sights & Attractions review
The home of the very first President
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the home and estate that belonged to the first President of the United States. Located in Fairfax County in Virg… read entire review
Mount Vernon
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