Spending a gorgeous sunny day in Virginia

Mount Vernon Travel Blog

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George really wanted to visit Mount Vernon, and we had an excellent opportunity to do while during the 18th-Century Crafts Fair. We walked around the grounds for a couple hours watching people make beeswax candles, craftspeople creating silhouettes, baskets, filigree ornaments.

We taste tested cinnamon rose herbal te sweetened with natural apple juice and pumpkin butter spread on Wheat Thins...and naturally we had to buy both.

George wanted to avoid as much of the crowds as possible, so after exploring the grounds towards the late afternoon, we stood in line to tour the house. The house is actually small compared to most mansions today, in fact, I don't think you could apply the word mansion to Mount Vernon. We had to keep moving, barely lingering to marvel at the decor in each room. Only a few pieces were actually owned by Washington, including a leather swivel chair that's now cracking. The tour guide asked us to imagine Washington sitting there as he made the decision not to serve a third term as president.

The view from the back of the house is spectacular. We stood on the banks of the Potomac imagining Washington breathing in the natural beauty of Virginia. Afterwards, we strolled through the gardens, where shortly we were yelled out to leave by one of the staff people. I think they had way too many visitors that day and were ready to go home themselves. Oh well, despite that rude calling to leave, we enjoyed the day immensely.
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