Mount Vernon in Autumn
The last time I was at Mount Vernon was during summer break when I was 14 years old. During that trip, I have vivid memories of a severe thunderstorm moving up the Potomac River, chasing my family back to our car. I was hit on the top of the head by a large hail stone as I ran to the car and I remember that it was quite painful. This past Saturday, there were no storms on the horizon and conditions were perfect for another family visit. This time, I brought my two sons, the oldest boy approaching 14. The fall foliage was peaking and the sights were beautiful.
Keep reading for more photos of Mount Vernon with peak fall colors. See our full forecast through the weekend.
If you have not visited Mount Vernon, I would recommend making the trip. The museum and education center are wonderful. There are interesting films and beautifully displayed artifacts. The mansion tour is about 20 to 30 minutes and takes visitors through Washington's amazing dining room, his quirky office, and the Washington bedroom, complete with a custom, over-sized bed constructed in France. Prepare for hiking if you want to tour the grounds. The current estate is 500 acres, including the mansion, the gardens, stables, and various trails. The original estate was 8000 acres at the time of Washington's death in 1799. Today, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association owns the estate.
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