This morning the teachers had a tour of the grounds and gardens of Mount Vernon. We started early, promptly at 8:00 am.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Part of my day here at Mount Vernon is devoted to various lectures about George Washington. Yesterday one of the lectures focused on Washington as a Pioneer Farmer. In the afternoon we had interpreters give us a tour of the farming here at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is restored to the year 1799, the year that Washington passed away so everything is centered around that time. One of the most famous buildings here is the 16 sided barn located in the Pioneer Farm Site. Washington use to refer to this area of the farm as the "Hell Hole" of the property because it would often get flooded from the Potomac River.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
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:)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The decor is very "Colonial America" and tastefully decorated. Oh, and I want these shutters for my windows at home.......very nice!! Each room has its own bathroom also with all these nice personal touches. I am actually going to have my own bed for a week and not have to push around cats and dogs for a space.......what shall I do???
This evening the group took a moonlight trolley ride around Washington D.C. So, tomorrow morning I am going to be up early to stroll through the gardens and find the animal stables and paddocks. I have a 8:45 class to attend so I shall be busy including dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn in the evening.......busy, busy, busy but I love it!!!