Mount Vernon, VA
Mount Vernon, VA
Today was Mount Vernon day. I had wanted to go to Mount Vernon while we lived in the Washington, D.C. area, but we were just never able to string it together.
Today I took a taxi down to old town in Alexandria. I bought a ticket from the Potomac Riverboat company for $40. That ticket was good for a round-trip to and from Mount Vernon. It also included my entry admission to Mount Vernon. All in all I thought it was a good deal. It was about an hour and a half trip both ways. That included a couple of stops on each leg.
When I toured the house at Mount Vernon, we entered into the Large Dining Room first. The vertigris green paint in this room is not my favorite. From there the tour wound out to the front veranda and then back into the house at the Entry. We were then led up the stairs to the second level. On that level we were able to view the Upper Hall, Blue Bedroom, Lafayette Bedroom, and the Nelly Custis Bedroom. The tour then went through the Yellow Bedroom. After passing through that bedroom, one was able to look into the Washingtons’ Bedroom. From there it was back down to the main floor, through the study and out the back door.
It really was quite fascinating to see the mansion and grounds. One of these days I will read a biography on General George Washington to get a better picture of this founding father. I am glad I went today.
As the Potomac Riverboat went back north on the Potomac toward the marina at Alexandria, we passed a motor yacht which was heading south on the Potomac, the Hilarium. It is a fairly large yacht at 134 feet. The yacht was built in 1986 at a shipyard in the Netherlands. There is room enough on board for ten guests and eight crew members.