Monday, June 28, 2010

The President's First Home

No, this is not the White House... I'm talking about our first president, George Washington. He loved his Mt. Vernon. It is a beautiful place and one that I've always wanted to go and visit. Now I can understand why he loved this place so much and always longed to return here and eventually be at rest.

An expansive view overlooking the Potomac from the rear of the home, the views have been preserved and the areas across the river saved from development to leave the viewers this pastoral scene of how things looked during the presidents timeframe....just amazing to still see it intact.

When you try and visualize how this place actually looked and worked like during Washington's timeframe, you really get a wonderful slice of life to Washington's experience away from the capitol and how he really enjoyed living and planning everything in his estate, during his entire stay here.

One must sit on the porch relaxing on these rockers and just enjoy the view, a real nice touch to the tour. I'm sure the President and his family enjoyed relaxing here, drinking tea or imbibing something exotic at the end of every day.

I was very surprised how meticulous and expansive the grounds were, and how all the adjunct buildings, gardens and home show an entire village and how plantation life was for one of our founding fathers.  It did take an entire village to make this place work efficiently.

A view of the separate kitchen building, kept separate from the main home in the event of unlikely fires caused by accidents.

A canning storage and hanging place for food and fowl that would be used for the nights consumption.

The separate laundry room which would be unbearable to work in during the hot summer months, and the laundry work was done all day long.

One of my favorite rooms, the drying room for all the preserved meats, it actually still smelled strong with aged ham hocks haning on these hooks.

One of Washingtons immaculate carriages taking him to the Capitol which was a very long ride from his country estate.

The gardens are also expansive with areas for decorative cutting gardens, a formal parterre and actual potager gardens, vegetable farms, animal pens and fruit orchards. Washington did alot of experimentation and imported plants to test in his plantation along with growing for food production on a massive scale.

A wonderful surprise was the amazing museum which housed many dioramas and extensive genetic studies of how Washington really looked like in during many timeframes of his life, including this diorama of him at a battle scene....the craftsmanship quality and shows were really a fantastic experience and one I wish I had more time for.

No, this is my nephew Carlos being a ham, like he always is....oh Carlos!

Wasn't that a beautiful place and museum, well worth the effort getting out of town to explore Washington's life in a well preserved plantation, home and garden.

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  1. Thank you for the tour of Mount Vernon. It has been a long time since I visited George Washington's home. You reminded me of how beautiful his home is and its tranquil setting.

  2. What a terrific tour, Noel! Love all of your photos! I've traveled in that area, but haven't visited Mount Vernon. Your post is the next best thing to being there! Enjoy your week!


  3. What a beautoful tour. I loved it

  4. What a great place. Thanks for the tour!

  5. Great tour of Mount Vernon. I haven't been there in a long time although I do get to the area from time to time.

  6. Great tour ... so interesting to see what the laundry, the kitchen and the view actually would have looked like way back when. That sure is a decent sized porch!!

  7. Quite interesting. Thanks for the tour.

  8. Travel through time, thanks for the tour! I can imagine doing the laundry by hand! The place is well preserved!

  9. Interesting to see all these shots, so nice all have been preserved so well. Great post.

  10. Wonderful photos. You inspire me to visit.

    Washington was an amazing leader.

  11. Noel this is a beautiful estate and so well looked after. Even the vegetable gardens are still producing. Great history.

  12. Wow great place to visit.
    Beautiful captures!
    Thank you for the tour.

  13. I hope to get to Mount Vernon some day but it is possible your tour will be the only one I see. Thank you

  14. Yes, a beautiful plantation indeed. No wonder he loved this place so much. Enjoyed the tour, thanks!

  15. What a fine photo tour. I used to live about four miles from Mt. Vernon and never grew tired of my visits there. I especially loved the l'orangerie where citrus trees were kept during winter. Another thing I found fascinating, was the exterior "blocks" siding the house; they were actually cedar painted white and coated with shiny sea sand. Ingenious!

  16. It's so great they kept this area undeveloped! I love places like this, places where you can relive history.

  17. Schitterende foto's .
    IK zAL Uw blog voldaan Veel Plezier blijven volgen .
    Lieve groet,


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