Weekend review: Mount Vernon

Mom has been in town since Tuesday and we’ve done lots of mother/daughter activities all week long, but the best of the best had to be on Sunday when we visited Mount Vernon. If you’re an avid checker of my goal lists, you’ll know that Mount Vernon has been on my DC bucket list for quite some time; but as of yesterday, it has officially been crossed off!

Not only was it a gorgeous day out, but it was also Mother’s Day, which made the adventure that much greater since I visited with Mom. Everyone was in good spirits and everywhere we turned, we were greeted with ‘Happy Mother’s Day!’

We started our adventure early and arrived at Mount Vernon close to 9:30. It’s lucky we did as we had to wait at least an hour for our mansion tour time to start, but in the mean time we visited the Upper gardens, the slave quarters, and a few of the trade shops (shoemaker, blacksmith, etc).

Here’s myself and Mom just outside the Upper gardens:

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And here are the Upper gardens. Mom had fun checking out all the flowers.

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After we’d explored a bit and watched the intro movie to learn more about Mount Vernon, we got in line for our mansion tour, but not before snapping this shot (pre-tour group overload). Old George was certainly living the good life.

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The line wasn’t very long and looking back, it’s well planned that you enter the mansion at a certain time. This way you’re not waiting more than 20 minutes to enter as everything is a flowing walking tour. While we waited, I snapped a picture of the mansion up-close:

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Unfortunately, you can’t take pictures inside the house, so I made sure to snap all the outside views as much as possible. Like this one from the side archways:

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And this one from the back porch:

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All in all, the grounds were beautiful and everything was maintained well. All restorations are funded by the entry fees and from private donations. I’d like to think that I own a little bit of Mount Vernon now. Oh, by the way, did I mention it was windy? No? Well, it was windy…

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So if you live in the area, but haven’t been out to visit George Washington’s home, I highly recommend it. It’s actually open every day of the year and I hear George and Martha even make the occasional appearance.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. Thanks for always being my biggest fan, my loudest cheerleader, and my partner in crime. I hope I’ve made you half as proud as you make me.

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