George Washingtons Home

Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
Trip End Jun 28, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Virginia
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

After a day in DC and another night at Wal*Mart, we headed to Mt. Vernon ( , the home of George Washington.  It is always nice to arrive at a place and see the signs directing us to RV parking.  We feel so welcomed!  The weather was beautiful so it was a great day to walk around the grounds of his estate. 
We started at the outdoor exhibits and enjoyed learning about his love of farming.  Washington was quite inventive and created many things on his farm to improve production and the quality of his land.  He had plans for crop rotations, threshing barns, and many new and experimental plants.  He even had a glass green house with heaters in the floor for all his tropical plants.  It was a beautiful place and we were able to visit all the outdoor areas at a very enjoyable pace. 
We went through the house twice.  The first time we were among a great crowd and felt a bit like cattle being rushed through.  At the end of the day we noticed there was no line, so we got a semi personal tour through the mansion and were able to ask more questions and get more information.  Many of the outbuildings were familiar to the kids after seeing so many colonial exhibits.  They already knew about things like the necessity, smoke house and outdoor kitchens. They must be learning something on this trip!
We left the museum in the visitor's center for the end of the day, which we regret a bit because it was done very well.  We had about ten minutes to rush through many great exhibits (including his teeth) and multimedia presentations.  Next time we will spend a little more time there.  We have learned to at least check out the museum first to see how much time we should allow for it.  We also learned not to visit food courts at lunch time with school groups.  It was very crowded, sticky and expensive.  It is worth carrying a lunch or going back to our "home" to eat.  
Actually, one of our main "take aways" from Mt. Vernon was what a great man George Washington was.  Of course they only have good things to say there, but there is a lot of good to be said.  Not only was he the first president but he was also a farmer, a general, and a man committed to his country and willing to do his duty.  He did not seem to rest much and accomplished a lot in his time on earth.
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