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August 24, 2007
From journal Week in the Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C.
by LAC in STL
St. Louis, Missouri
December 30, 2002
Mt. Vernon, itself, is QUITE a compound! Great pains have gone into preserving the details necessary to showcase this operation as a 'working plantation.' Modern conveniences necessary to 'entertain thousands' are well hidden, or at least blended nicely into the surroundings.
A highlight, of course, is a tour of the mansion. This was THE ONLY LINE we saw, but it stretched for what seemed to be, miles and miles. The mansion, no doubt massive in its time, appeared quaint by today's standards, but was certainly charming! And the view, overlooking the rolling hills and the Potomac, is outstanding!
The day we were there, George Washington's 'sister' was on site, in costume, and 'telling tales'. We looked at many 'out' buildings, including: the green house, ice house, salt house, gardener's house, smoke house, wash house, coach house, clerk's quarters, slave quarters, the kitchen and stable.
DO walk down to the 'new' Tomb. But you should also SEE the extensive gardens and the nursery.
Items of note:
1. EXTREMELY STEEP INCLINE FROM THE WHARF to the upper grounds. It's QUITE A CLIMB! Wear good shoes!
2. Of ALL our stops, Mt. Vernon alone managed a good attempt to keep the 'audience' in 'period'. Both the children's activities and the gift shop had games, arts/crafts, and goods INDICATIVE OF THAT ERA! It was fun to play colonial games and be able to buy a 'fife', for instance (it was certainly more interesting than the anticipated, 'My parents went to Mt. Vernon and all I got was this lousy T-shirt,' token).
Final Note: Construction/expansion was going on while we were there--look for it to be bigger and better when YOU go!
From journal "Seeing D.C"
Warwick, United Kingdom
May 9, 2002
From journal A Year in Washington D.C