Thursday, July 9, 2015

My Mini-Vacation to Mount Vernon

In June I had the opportunity to attend a 2 day teacher seminar at George Washington's Mount Vernon.  It was like a mini-summer vacation for me.  I was gone for 3 days and 2 nights and had a great time!

I was quite excited that I was picked to attend the seminar on the Constitutional Convention at Mount Vernon.  Three years ago I attended a one week seminar at Mount Vernon but it is a place that I will never pass up an opportunity to go to.....ever:)

( view of the Potomac River from Mount Vernon)
Actually, I have been to Mount Vernon at least 6 times, mostly for field trips with my students to Washington D.C., but it is a place that I could visit a thousand times and never get bored with it. I fall in love over and over again with all the history that surrounds Washington's home.
After the seminar each day, the teachers were given a pass to explore the estate.  I wasted no time taking advantage of that opportunity!


Many of my personal garden ideas were inspired by the gardens at Mount Vernon.


By no means are my gardens as large as these..... I have smaller scale ideas and designs:)


Each time I visit Mount Vernon I get a sense of renewal and direction in what I am striving for at my homestead.  


It is a great place to feel inspired and to reconnect with American history.  If you let it, it becomes a portal into the past and you can envision what it would have been like to live during that time.  


The seminar was held in the new Fred W. Smith Library at Mount Vernon.


This was the lecture area were the seminar took place during the day.  The picture above is actually a projected image....it is a pretty awesome set-up. 


The seminar had 3 guest speakers:  James Madison, George Washington, and Alexander Hamilton.


They each discussed concerns they had at the Constitutional Convention and Madison and Hamilton even had a few "heated" words about their perspectives on what was best for new United States.  It was quite an enlightening experience!


Even more exciting was getting the opportunity to have a "portrait" taken with these Founding Fathers......I felt like a true history geek but that was ok, I was in love and honored to be with these esteemed men,  I felt like I was in a time machine and was taken back to May 1787.....it was pretty cool to say the least!!!
It may have been just a mini-vacation but it was very rewarding mini-vacation!!

ps.....I kind of felt short in the picture, can you tell?;)

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