Monday, February 20, 2012

Presidents' Day at Mount Vernon

"George Washington" speaks at his surprise birthday party.
Photograph by Phyllis Wheeler

Potomac side view of Mount Vernon
Photograph by Phyllis Wheeler
"George Washington" and me
Photograph by Ben Wheeler
Ladies in colonial outfits
Photograph by Ben Wheeler

Took advantage of the Washington's birthday/Presidents' Day free admission to Mount Vernon offer today and had a great time with my beloved husband, Ben. We arrived just in time for the surprise birthday party event and after that took in a brief fife and drums performance. Afterwards we pet some of the friendly sheep, got up close with an enormous bull, paid our respects at the Washington's tomb and more.

Apparently this free offer generated a lot of interest as both the standard and overflow parking lots were full but Mount Vernon staff had already planned ahead for this and arranged for extra parking at a local church and high school as well as complimentary shuttles from these sites.

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