on November 17, 2005
This was the plantation of George Washington. The mansion can get crowded, so the earlier in the day, the better for this one. The inside is really interesting, they have tried to keep as much original time period artifacts as possible and have also kept the original wall colors which are nauseating shades of bules and greens, strange to see what things were in style at the time. The rear of the mansion has an expansive sitting porch, garden and grassy area, this is the best spot for a view of the Potomack and for pictures as well. There are tombs of various US dignitaries, a working farm with various animals, docks on the water, and great views. It can be an interesting walk with strollers, there are several steep hills and the trails can get bumpy. Down on the Potomack you can hop on a farry, and there is a place to eat, as well as some additional gardens. There are several museums and shops back at the entrance on the opposite side of the mansion. The major shop is in the exit building and this is where you get all of the souvenir things, the smaller shops mostly just have artifact replica items.
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