Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mount Vernon: George Washington Up Close and Personal

Just a short distance from Washington, D.C. in the rolling hills of Virginia along the Potomac River, is the home of George Washington, General of the Continental Army, Founding Father and first POTUS. 

It is interesting to note, that having accomplished so much in his lifetime, Washington wanted to be remembered not so much as a commander, statesman, or leader, but as a gentleman farmer at his estate, Mount Vernon. This was the home he returned to after his presidency, where he could devote his days to agricultural innovation. 

The front facade of the main home

A great way to arrive at Mt. Vernon is by boat.  River cruises leave from the dock in old town Alexandria in the morning, and return there in the afternoon.

The view of the Potomac from the back of the house

Side view of the house with the river in the background

The expansive front lawn

An interesting looking barn was cutting edge technology at the time

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