Recently, I traveled with my DH and a group of his co-workers to an evening program at Mount Vernon. We had a lovely time. The sky turned dark. There was some thunder and lightning. Thank goodness it was only a small rain storm that rolled through the area quickly.
George Washington’s daddy sure picked a fantastic spot along the river to build the original part of this estate. George’s step brother, Lawrence, built the second addition. When he passed away, George inherited the land, etc. (He had gone into the military because he was not likely to inherit anything.) George needed some money. Martha’s money made her a sugar mama. (Short disclaimer: I am not a social studies teacher…this is my interpretation of history…sorry if it is inaccurate!)
This is the back side of the house. The front side faces the river. The dock would have been more important than the bad roads in the area during the time when George Washington lived here.
These are the English gardens. Lots of things were blooming. The magnolia trees smelled heavenly.
This is the front of the house. It had an interesting cooling system. The front and back doors are opposite one another. In the summer they would have been opened to catch a breeze from the river. The windows in the cupola, which is directly above the doors and the massive staircase in the middle of the house, pulled the hot air out of the house. (The cupola is the size of a small room in actuality.)
To the front:
There was a very nice educational museum that was open also. There were places that were open that are usually closed, like the third floor and some of the cellars. Unfortunately, no cameras were allowed in these areas. Thank you, Diane, for finding this wonderful opportunity for some educational, but relaxing fun!