Monday morning I was up and dressed by 6:30 am at Mount Vernon. I thought this would be a perfect time to go do a bit of sight-seeing and take pictures of the grounds. I was not sure if I was allowed to be out and about at this time so I located one of the security guys on the grounds, showed him my identification badge for the institute, and he said I was free to stroll around.
To say I was in history heaven is a bit of an understatement. Just to think I was walking the same grounds that George Washington did in 1799 was/is too exciting for me. There was no one around. It was completely quiet. Just the sound of the sprinklers in the upper gardens and 2 of the historical gardeners who greeted me as I strolled through the gardens. I have been to Mount Vernon three times with my students and each time is jammed with tour buses of school kids all waiting an hour to get to the mansion. This time, I had it all to myself:)