on February 10, 2006
Mount Vernon was the home of George and Martha Washington from the time of their marriage in 1759 to 1799, upon George's death. Washington’s mansion is situated on 500 acres, located on the banks of the Potomac River in Virginia, 16 miles from Washington D.C. The mansion consists of 21 rooms and visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside of the mansion—however, the gift shop does sell postcards of the different rooms. While you are there you can visit the tombs of George and Martha Washington, along with a 4 acre working farm, four gardens that consist of 50 acres, and 20 different structures that existed in 1799. There is also a museum on site with many of General Washington’s artifacts, and lots of interesting history.Mount Vernon is exceptionally rich in history and in beauty. The Estate has a park-like setting being situated right along the river, and has serene gardens to wander through. The most impressive thing to me was the acreage that Washington lived on... it’s almost unheard of nowadays. He originally started off with 2,000 acres and worked several years to turn it into an 8,000 acre plantation. He was able to live off much of his land, and rely on his own community for almost everything he needed. Mount Vernon was purchased from Washington’s family in 1858 by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and opened to the public in 1860. It is open 365 days a year, and 45 acres of the estate are open to the public. There is an admission fee to visit Mount Vernon, but it is well worth it to see such an elegant home from centuries ago. The estate has been well cared for and is quite magnificent to see and tour.
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