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Mount Vernon

Listed under Houses in Washington D.C., United States.

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"If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans, Jews, or Christian of any Sect, or they may be atheists" So said George Washington.

Realising the effects on us of our surroundings, George Washington spent four decades building Mount Vernon, struggling to acquire the necessary materials and skilled workmen to carry out his vision. Mount Vernon was originally intended to be a planned town with a town square, but the building plans were never seen through. He imported a great number of specialized materials to fit his vision, employing workmen of any race, colour or creed to carry out his projects, including slaves.

English woodcarver William Sears may have been a convicted felon, but spent five years creating brilliant ornamental carvings, soon becoming a respected, independent artisan.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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Come to Mount Vernon and meet the plantation residence of the first American President George Washington. The plantation is built in a neoclassic Georgian style and is located on the Potomac River. At Mount Vernon you can eat, shop, tour or simply relax while in the atmosphere of one of the greatest American heroes ever. The house is located a short 16 miles south of Washington D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The house itself contains more than a dozen different buildings to visit including kitchens, greenhouses, stables, slave quarters and more. The grave site of Martha and George Washington are located nearby in Burial Ground. The site is open 365 days a year and admission prices range from $7-$15 and is free for children under 6 years.

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

George Washington made the estate on the Potomac River his family home from around 1750 onwards and inherited the land from his half brother in 1752. Washington’s father started building on the spot overlooking the river and George completed two major expansions to accommodate his own family and to shape the house in it’s current form. Open to the public since 1860, the 14 room wooden Georgian mansion has been restored and filled with original pieces and objects dating from the 1740’s when America’s first president resided here. As well as the house itself visitors can tour the 500 acre grounds which were designed by Washington to present Mount Vernon natives in their best light, and out buildings, including the slave house, kitchen and coach house. Washington died in the master bedroom in December 1799 and was buried in a tomb on the grounds. More recently a mini reconstruction of a pioneer farm has been built on the estate. A popular attraction, there can be queues in peak season, to avoid them visit between November and March or during the week.

George Washington Parkway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121

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