Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mount Vernon

We also went to Mount Vernon to see where George Washington lived.  It was beautiful.  We got rained on just a little bit, but it was still a great experience.  The home and grounds were beautiful.  The gardens were very impressive.  The house had the actual bed where George Washington died.  There was  a woman dressed to be Martha Washington and she was talking about George and Martha's life.  It was very interesting to listen to her. What a beautiful view of the Potomac River the Washington's had from their front porch!  I loved being there and I am so glad we finally went to see it.  I wished that we could have gone when Rebecca and Bethany were here. The museum was amazing! It really made it easier to understand the Washington's lives.

Martha Washington

Lydia and Joshua enjoyed watching the Blacksmith

The view from the front yard

The Washington's front porch
After Mount Vernon we took the children to Arlington National Cemetery.  I love the feeling there.  I think that the older children felt the reverence and respect there.  They enjoyed seeing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  They were impressed by all the rows of tombstones.  I hope they will always feel reverence and respect for our country and those who give their lives to defend freedom.

We finished the day off at Cici's Pizza Buffet before heading back home.  It was a good day.  I think it was our best trip to the Washington DC area.

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