Meeting Washington

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In the history of the creation of the USA a few men stand out as more important than the rest. The names like Washington and Jefferson are a couple of the key names among many more. And Washington is probably towering above the rest of the crowd - after all the city I am flying to is carrying his name for a reason.

 

And why is this - he did not even sign the Declaration of Independence. Why not - is he just a bit too lazy to put his signature on a piece of paper? I got to figure out this part.

 

From the place I spent the night there only a short ride to a special place. Mount Vernon at the banks of the Potomac River. The home of George Washington. Farmer, soldier, general and first president of the USA.

 

Washington lived from time to time during his life.

The Potomac River
But he also spent lots of time away from home during his time in the army and as president of the United States. But his home was always here at his farm just at the great Potomac River. When he inherited the estate it only had a small house with six rooms on the plot but Washington was a prosperous farmer and expanded his estate and made several additions to the house increasing it to a significant size.

 

I went around the place going into the house where guides are station in every room to tell you something of the significance of the different rooms.

 

After visiting the house it is time to walk around and see the different fields where Washington had his fruit garden and kitchen garden - both pretty big. There is also a great view across the river just after you walk out the door of the house. You can also see the final resting place of George Washington. The politicians in power wanted him buried under the Capitol in Washington but his family insisted that he had asked to be buried on his beloved home of Mount Vernon.

Washingtons mausoleum

 

Walking around the farm you will also get a bit of an insight into the darker side of Washington’s life - he was a big slave owner and through his life he bought and sold many slaves. So this man - one of the main fighters for freedom for the individual actually held other people as slaves

 

Around the estate you will be able to see different building where the slaves lived and there is some information about the life of the slaves on the estate. Today there is a memorial at the old slave burial ground but that have been placed long after the death of Washington.

 

In the end Washington became a silent opponent of slavery and he did eventually free his slaves in his will - but not until after Martha also died.

 

Now back to the question why did Washington not sign the Declaration of Independence?  Well he was too busy trying to organize the continental army before the coming fight against the British.

cmgervais says:
George Washington: definitely NOT lazy!
Posted on: Dec 05, 2008
WaltJake says:
haha, I did see that part, after I scrolled down and threw my two cents in! I just thought it was funny that you called George Washington "lazy!"
Posted on: Dec 03, 2008
tj1777 says:
Sorry Walt it was a bit of a trick to see if you read all of the blog ;) I new that one but the war had not broken out yet in 1776.
Posted on: Dec 03, 2008
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Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
The Potomac River
The Potomac River
Washingtons mausoleum
Washingtons mausoleum
The lane at Mount Vernon
The lane at Mount Vernon
The side building to Mount Vernon
The side building to Mount Vernon
The other side of Monunt Vernon fa…
The other side of Monunt Vernon f…
Old litle riding chair
Old litle riding chair
The old vault original containing …
The old vault original containing…
Slave memorial
Slave memorial
The green house where they put the…
The green house where they put th…
Flower garden
Flower garden
Slave quaters
Slave quaters
Slave sleeping area
Slave sleeping area
Mount Vernon
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