George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

Husband (the loveable wretch that he is) has managed to flee the brutal summer of Arizona for the 3rd time in a row. This time though, I took a week off to visit him on his DC business trip.

Our first touristy adventure was a stop I've been badly wanting to visit since I read George Washington's biography a few years back: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

in front of President George Washington's Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia
Can you imagine the people and conversations that took place there during Washington's time?  It almost felt like walking through sacred ground.  If the walls of his estate could talk...

George and Martha Washington's tomb:

George Washington's tomb at President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

George and Martha Washington Tomb, President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

George and Martha Washington's Tomb, President George Washington's Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

The estate I guess is still a working farm?  There were plenty of sheep, a few moo-cows and horseys.

Sheep at President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia
She's feeling baaaaaaashful (I had to say it). ^_^

Sheep at President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

Farm, President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

Horsey going to the bathroom at President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia
Horsey putting on a show (pottytime)!

Farm tool shed at President George Washington's Estate, farm and garden, Mount Vernon, Virginia

Barn view of George Washington's farm at President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

aGeorge Washingtons's barn, President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

plowing at George Washington's farm, President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia
Husband pretending to get to work on plowing those crops...

at George Washington's farm, President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia
Not even pretending to work here... Come on now, there weren't any rice paddies.

After exploring the farming area and slave quarters (which is right next to the Potomac), we headed to the estate for our designated tour time.

President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

Tutor at President George Washington's Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia
Washington's tutor is on the right. He might not look it.... but he's really, really, really, really old.

We weren't allowed to take any photos inside of the estate for preservation reasons, but I did manage to get 1 snapshot before entering the estate. Actually, I'm sure the below photo is just a replication of what used to be there.... Anyway, you can visit their website for an idea of what an amazing piece of history the estate is (or better yet, go visit).

President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

After our tour, we chose to lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn instead of the food court.  All the wait staff is dressed in Washington-era clothing and the food is delicious!

Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant, President George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon, Virginia

More DC trip updates coming soon!

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121
Fees: $17, $9 (Age 6-11), $16 (Age 62+)
Hours: 8am - 5pm
Website: mountvernon.org

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