IGDC had the honor of being invited into George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate early on Sunday, May 29th. We were there as the sun was bathing the house in a warm gold light and just as the animals were beginning their day. It was such a peaceful time and even more special to see it without the hundreds of visitors that flock to the historic property every day (and yes, it is open every day of the year).
Not only the home of our first president, George Washington and his wife Martha, the estate was predominantly a working farm (George had 5 farms on the property!) and the property continues this tradition today. A visit to Mount Vernon is a step back in time. You learn so much about American history, farming, living on the Potomac, gardening, architecture and design and we loved exploring every inch of it. And, the historians and archeologists working at Mount Vernon are continuing to learn about our nation’s history and its first president every day. Their passion for the estate and their hard work to maintain it is truly inspiring.
Our day began at 8am and we were thrilled to have around 50 people join us–including friends from NYC and Philly. We took in the gorgeous Potomac River panorama then set off for the lower farm where we saw the sheep, boat building and weaving demonstrations, barn architecture and a spectacular view of the mansion. From there, we headed back up to the oxen pen and spectacular gardens.
Allowing the public to see the estate is actually a tradition started by George Washington himself. He understood the curiosity and interest and was happy to oblige any well-behaved visitors. We are appreciative of that and enjoyed our morning exploring with new and old friends.