Since we were in the D.C. area this past weekend, Lunchbox and I decided to take a trip over to Mount Vernon, which in case you didn’t know was the home of George Washington.
Warning, today’s post will be light on words and heavy on the pictures. It’s easier for both of us that way. Okay? Good. Since it is in fact December, they were celebrating Christmas at the home of our first President.
I’ve been there several times before, but this was the first time that Lunchbox got to go. We decided to walk the grounds first before we headed up to the mansion. We stumbled upon this colonial-looking gentleman keeping a watchful eye over the livestock.
Have you ever heard of that tradition when the President pardons a turkey for Thanksgiving? Well, the turkey that was saved from this year’s feast was sent to live at Mount Vernon.
Okay, I know that now you’re either bored or hungry. Let’s turn around and head up to the house:
On the way to the house, we saw the uh, servant’s quarters.
Now it was time to take a tour of the mansion. Since photography isn’t allowed inside, I have nothing to show you. If you want to see what it looks like though, you can take a virtual tour. After we wandered around inside the house, we headed to the back porch (which faces the Potomac River.) We had a nice view:
And here is a view of the back of the house, as seen from the river:
Another view of the river:
Next we headed to the “coach area.” This was where they kept the vehicles that were used back in the day.
After touring the rest of the grounds (including the Tomb), we headed back to the mansion. Lunchbox posed in front of it for me:
I’m not trying to give you a history lesson here or anything, so don’t worry. You can read all about it for yourself. Since I haven’t been on my bike in a while, I figured that this would be the next best (slightly interesting) thing. Mount Vernon is historically accurate (for the most part), and it is well worth a visit if you find yourself in the Washington D.C. area. As with all “tourist” areas though, they have gift shops there. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, except for this item we saw:
Yeah, that’s a great way to honor or first President and his wife.
Anyway, that’s it for today. I’ll probably be back tomorrow morning for a little Christmas Eve posting, although it will be brief. I have to get out and start Christmas shopping I guess.