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Mount Vernon

June 21, 2019

Day 10 continued or more following in the footsteps of George Washington

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Stained-glass in the welcome center:

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Unfortunately, at least for photographic purposes, the west facade was covered in scaffolding as they were redoing the outside finish.  George did it every 5-7 years, so they redo it every 5-7 years.  The outside is actually not stone, but bevelled wood planks which were then covered in a paint/sand mixture to give it a sandstone look.  It was actually quite fascinating, while making Mount Vernon look the wrong color!  

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Here you can see the original wood planks underneath the finish.

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There was no photography inside the mansion, so here’s the model in the visitor’s center. I think Anya would have liked this as a doll house!

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Washington’s bedroom and study.

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One of my most favorite things was one of the keys to the Bastille that Lafayette had sent to Washington after the French Revolution.  It was one of Washington’s most prized possessions.

After walking through the mansion, we walked down toward the old vault where George and Martha were originally buried.  In Washington’s will, he left directions for a new tomb to be built.  They were re-interred in 1831.
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Other memorials at the site:

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Then we walked down to the slave burial ground.

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Anya and Erik wanted to explore the orchard.  Mount Vernon is still a working farm.  I inquired, and was urged to come back in the fall at harvest time.  Everything they harvest is used in the Mount Vernon Inn and for special events at the estate.  We didn’t walk all the way down to the end of the farm or see the wharf, but enjoyed the beautiful day.  I would have really loved to have had dinner at Mount Vernon Inn, but it had closed early for a special event.

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Anya was appalled at the thought of having to use the outdoor privy!

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Hanging out at George and Martha’s place, overlooking the Potomac:

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After dinner, we caught up with the YSA ward for family home evening and enjoyed seeing some of the memorials on the Mall.

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WWII Memorial:

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Lincoln Memorial:

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WWII again, in the dark:

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