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... We strolled around the little tourist center and looked at a model of the mansion. We read on its informational tablet that it took five years to build the model. We were shocked to hear that at first, but then when the model automatically snapped shut to reveal the profile of the house, and then open itself back up again to show individual rooms, we knew that the five years were probably spent attaching tiny hydraulics. Nice job, five-year-model-builders.
... back over to the mansion for the internal tour. Couldn't take photos inside so limited. The kids were all at lunch so it was relatively quiet. A good thing for us as we are weary of all the crowds.
Beginning in 1838, the mansion was saved from ruin by a group of women. Over the past 175 years, funds have been raised to buy land and restore the mansion and farm to its 1799 form, the last year of Washington's life.
Thanks to careful record keeping ...
... biggest issue for Ted is the internet. He can not live without it! We had to stop at the McDonalds for and hour so he could function and make reservations. It was then lunch time and we headed in search of Pennsylvania Dutch food. Wait! There is a Reuzit Secondhand shop. We have stopped at so many in search of the phantom hard top car top carrier that Ted has been dreaming about What was one more. Oh my heck!!! The holy grail was found and it was only $15.00. ...
Continuing down the river, one keeps looking for the first glimpse of the Mount Vernon estate. The first view from the river is postcard spectacular.
When we disembarked, we received tickets for our tour of the mansion. Printed on the tickets was the time, 12:30. That meant we could get in line for the mansion tour any time after 12:30. We walked from the dock to the shuttle bus. The shuttle took us to ...
... you start your tour was somewhat difficult to find. The 30 different field trips didn't help the situation. There were hundreds of little kindergartners running around, playing with those cork guns that are equipped with pop off mechanisms and the most annoying sound in the world. It's the sound that makes you just want to grab the toy out of their hands and snap it in half. After making it past the Kindergarten Revolutionary War, ...