on July 23, 2001
The gardens of Mount Vernon, President's Washington's Potomac River estate, are breathtaking. The views are spectacular. Dressed in period costume, the guides greeted us as treasured guests. Constructed in 1735 by Washington's father Augustine, there are 14 rooms with original furnishings. Walk the stairway up to his and Martha's bedroom, see the bed they slept in, view his study, complete with globe of the world as it was known during his day. Reachable by bus connection to the Metro subway, the Washington Tourmobile and even by boat, there's no excuse to miss it. Walks, groves and wildernesses was his landscaping ideas according to his diary. Extraordinary!
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