Mount Vernon Estate, the home of our first president, is still standing. There are hundreds of acres, in what often feels like a park setting. The mansion and additional buildings have not only been restored, but tens of thousands of people tour the grounds, and buildings every year. It is a major tourist destination.
The ironic thing about the estate is that people of all nationalities, ethnic groups, and backgrounds can now sit on the same back porch that George sat on, overlooking the scenic Potomac River. In the picture above you can see chairs for visitors to just sit and relax. In the past the porch was reserved for only the white upper class landowners. Not only is this ironic, but I’m sure there’s a poem in that! The bottom photo shows a view from the same porch, overlooking the river.
Even if you’re not into history, Washington D.C. has many places to visit, including some of the finest museums in the world. The Smithsonian Museums are comprised of a number of large buildings, which would take you several days to go through if you went through all of them. My favorite museum contains the Impressionist paintings, of Monet, Manet, and Mary Cassatt. I love Impressionist paintings. By the way, all of the Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo are free.
If you are ever in the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. areas let us know! We can help you tour the sites.
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