Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mount Vernon

This fall, we have begun our homeschooling journey. It has been great! I really enjoy teaching (and learning alongside) our children. We've gotten to do some fun things together as well.

In September, we visited Mount Vernon - George Washington's home. What a beautiful, interesting place!!! If you have a chance to go, I would highly recommend it! There is so much to see and do. George Washington was a truly remarkable man. Garr had to work, so my mom and dad went along with me. We went through our homeschool co-op (a great benefit of co-ops!) Some friends (thanks Sami, Kimi, and Katie!) tag-teamed Daniel and Liv for the day, so just Eme and Abby went.

This is a life-like statue of GW's inauguration. Amazing how they used science to find out exactly what he would have looked like at this age. There was a lot of information on how they figured this out. Very interesting!

In the play room for the kids, GW, his wife Martha, and step-children.

Abby and a friend from co-op dressing up in period clothing

Eme putting a shattered pot back together

One of the many livestock on the premises

Enjoying a rest on the bench during the trail through the woods

Beautiful view from the trail. Amazing to think what our country looked like back in GW's day.

Feeding hay to the horses.

Reading about the history of this land.
Sitting on the wharf - GW had many business enterprises running from his property.

This is a building that GW invented for treading grain. Just amazing.

Eme and Abby checking out the sheep.

The wharf


Eme found a perfect spot in the this tree!

We were amazed at the size of some of the trees on the property. This one looked like someone's fist to us. The girls enjoyed climbing on the "knuckles."

Above the burial tomb that GW designed was this Scripture verse. The girls and I enjoyed thinking of meeting GW and Martha someday in heaven. Eme has lots of questions for him! lol

We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the house (it was AMAZING) but we could take pictures out here in the kitchen. There were so many examples of how life was lived back then - so interesting!!

The view of the Potomac River from GW's veranda
Waiting outside to go in

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