I have never visited Mount Vernon before, and decided to make a quick day trip with the family to George Washington’s historical home. I can’t help but compare it to Monitcello, which I visited last spring. Both properties have beautiful views. Monticello – the mountains; Mount Vernon – the Potomac River.
Washington inherited the property, which sits upon a stunning view of the Potomac and improved and expanded the home and grounds over the course of his life. The exterior of the home is a pseudo-stone. It was brick and then surfaced to resemble stone.
On an interesting note, many people claimed that his home was one of the main reasons Washington turned down a third term. The property is very peaceful, and was laid out in a very clever fashion.
You cannot take photos inside, but you will be surprised by the original paint colors in the rooms. One room that stood out to me was a bright, verdant green.
Martha Washington stopped sleeping in the master bedroom after Washington’s death, and moved to the third floor for the remainder of her life. The third floor also contained rooms called “lumber rooms” – rooms that held a variety of odds and ends, much like a storage closet. The master suite itself was very roomy, airy and spacious. There was also a cupola on the roof that provided natural airconditioning.
The Necessary – a three seater!
The museum was very state of the art. His dentures are on display – Ivory, not wood, it turns out. We made the mistake of not setting enough time for the museum. You need at least an hour to really check out the amazing displays.
No, he didn’t really chop down a cherry tree. Yes, our most famous story about telling the truth is, in fact, a lie.
His gardens were exceptional – beautiful, yet functional. The working gardens were down by the banks of the river. The garden featured here was his pleasure garden – filled with flowers and fruit bearing trees.
His property extended down to the banks of Potomac.
His landscaping enabled hidden, scaled fences to give the illusion that livestock were roaming freely, yet contained them.
Women’s slave quarters.
Washington had some sweet rides.
His final resting place.
My advice, if I were to do it again, would be this:
Go to the musuem first, then tour the house, then the grounds. Also, give yourself at least four hours to do all of the above. It really is a remarkable piece of Virginia history.