Oct 26, 2010

A little bit of history (part two)

Saturday was awesome, and Sunday went hand in hand with it! I met Stephanie (or Stevie to those of you who read her blog), because she was in town visiting family and we had a great time wandering around Mount Vernon, George Washington's home.

I've been to Mount Vernon several times but I love going, and each time manage to learn something new. For instance, both dining rooms in the house (the regular dining room and the large dining room that Washington later added) are painted a beautiful green because Washington thought it was "grateful to the eye." (Or maybe we just have the same signature color?)
Stevie and I got along great! We both kept marveling at the overwhelming history there. Forty percent of the furniture in the house is original. Forty percent! There are chairs there that George and Martha Washington sat in. Stevie and I just kept looking at each other going, "can you believe this?"
I actually like the back of the house better than the front. (In the picture above the back of the house is what's behind us). Can you blame me with a view like this?
The funniest part of the day was when we were approached by two brothers (maybe 8 to 10 years old), whispering and asking us if we wanted to see a groundhog. To use their words, there was a "big fat groundhog over there - he's like thirty pounds!" We didn't see anything and started to walk away, and then heard stage whispers of "he's back, guys, come back! He's over here!" They were enthralled, we were cracking up, and all over this guy.
One of the most powerful parts of the day was seeing George and Martha Washington's tomb. That's where they were laid to rest all those years ago and where they still are today. This country's first President and First Lady. Talk about chills.
So ends my weekend recap - sorry it took so long, but can you imagine squeezing all those pictures into one post? You would have been soaking in so much history you might have exploded and well, I just couldn't risk that.

Hope your week is going well so far! Any other history lovers out there? Have you been to Mount Vernon?

10 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

How fun that you met a blog-friend:) Such a great and interesting post!
Kisses and have a lovely one

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I also love history. As I get older, I have become more and more interested in it. I would like to try to read more non-fiction books, actually. My late grandfather was a big lover of history. He was the best person to have on your Trivial Pursuit team (a family favorite) because he kicked butt on the history questions. Thinking about history definitely makes me miss him, though...

Kyla Roma said...

That sounds just magical- I love history and being in those places that have so much meaning and experience behind them. It looks like you guys had a wonderful time! It's going to be all blog friends all the time for the end of October :)

Nora said...

so cool about the 40% of the furniture being original! that's awesome. I'd love to go there and check it out. I love history and political science geek out moments =)

monica said...

what great pictures!! thanks for sharing!!

xo
monica

April D said...

I've been to Mount Vernon once and that was earlier this year. I bought a one year pass but I have been unable to return. I'm looking forward to going back. That is some beautiful land out there and sitting in the yard and taking in the river scenery is the best. Thanks for sharing your time there. Maybe I'll get back there soon.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Great photos! What a fun blogger meet-up :)

Stevie said...

Oh my gosh, that picture of us is so cute! All of your pictures turned out great!

It was such a fun day, and the weather was glorious. I came home yesterday to cold, rainy and windy weather!

Mandy said...

I'm a big fan of history (it was one of my college majors)and love Mt. Vernon. I haven't been there in ages. Love the picture you two on the back lawn and the view. No wonder the big porch is on the back right?

Charbelle said...

That shot of the view from the back of the house took my breath away!!! I got chills about the George and Martha place of rest!!!

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