George Washington's Mount Vernon

Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
Trip End Mar 15, 2013

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Monday, March 11, 2013

I was really excited for the second day of our trip, because I had never been to Mount Vernon. It was a very rainy day as the four of us were driving from Arlington. This was some what of a bummer because the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway makes for a very scenic drive. Either way, we were determined to make the best of the situation and we were looking forward to filling our buckets with some fuel for the day. FOOOOOOOD!!. We were in luck, because the estate's Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant had just opened for business when we arrived. The menu was very simple, which is a good thing in most cases. Of course I started off with an adult beverage. My drink of choice was the Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, brewed locally in the D.C. area. I have never heard of this brewing company, but I really enjoyed their oak stout. I went with the pulled pork barbecue sandwich with tavern chips and coleslaw for my meal. Yes it was as good as it looks!
The restaurant itself was very nice. The servers were dressed in clothes very similar to what you would see people wearing at that time in history. There was a fireplace in the main room of the restaurant and all of the drinks were served in mason jars. This was my kind of place.

After lunch we purchased our tickets to take the tour of the estate. The ticket booth and the location of where 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, we finally found the ticket booth and purchased our passes to roam George's old stomping grounds for the day. The passes included total access to the estate and a time slot, which determined when you could tour the mansion. Inside the mansion, they displayed multiple rooms in which significant historical figures sat down to speak with George. It also displayed his bedroom and the very bed in which he passed. His room was arranged closely to how they believed it was at the time. Unfortunately, I could not take pictures inside the mansion, which was very understandable. I did however take multiple pictures of various outer buildings, which included slave quarters, the kitchen, storehouse/clerks quarters, the smokehouse, the wash house, the coach house and stables, and George Washington's tomb.
I highly recommend visiting George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate if you have the chance.
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