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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 11/11/2008

Mount Vernon in Autumn

By Kevin Ambrose

The view of Mount Vernon during the early afternoon of Saturday, November 8. The fall foliage was reaching peak color along the Potomac River.

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.

The view of Mount Vernon, facing northwest, during the early afternoon of November 8, 2008. The large tree is a pecan tree, possibly descended from a pecan sapling given to George Washington by Thomas Jefferson.

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.

Beautiful fall colors at the stables at Mount Vernon during the morning of November 8, 2008. The morning sun was obscured by clouds so I used an external flash to highlight the foliage.

The view from the back porch of Mount Vernon, looking northeast up the Potomac River, November 8, 2008. The large tree in the middle of the photo was planted in 1785. A few trees on the grounds were planted by George Washington.

A close up of red oak leaves on the grounds of Mount Vernon. The oak trees were approaching peak color along the Potomac River.

The front view of Mount Vernon, facing east across the pastoral Bowling Green.

A wide view of the Mount Vernon Grounds. The current estate is 500 acres.

By Kevin Ambrose  | November 11, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
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Will one of these make your calendar, Kevin? Or is it too late....meaning we can order soon?

Posted by: --sg | November 11, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

sg, The first photo made the calendar for the month of November. I am quickly doing a batch order for the holidays. Thanks for asking.

Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | November 11, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Nice shots, as always Kevin, being a local, hard to believe, I've never actually visited Mount Vernon!

Posted by: MikefromtheBlueRIdge | November 11, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for visiting and taking such lovely shots of Mount Vernon. I'm glad you enjoyed your time here!
--Emily Dibella, Director of Public Affairs at Historic Mount Vernon

Posted by: edibella | November 12, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Emily: Thanks for stopping by the Capital Weather Gang blog!

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | November 12, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

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