No tour of Fairfax County would be complete without a visit to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon.
Kathy Parkinson, a historical interpreter at Mount Vernon, explains many of the intricacies involved in keeping Mount Vernon alive for the public.
With no biological descendants for the Washingtons, this historic home was handed down to one of the family’s grand nephews.
Lacking the funds necessary for upkeep, it was too costly to maintain, and the house was nearly lost in 1853.
A group of women, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, led by Ann Pamela Cunningham raised the funds necessary to restore and save the house in 1858.
If the amazing architecture is not enough to suit your thirst for history, you can take one of the available tours such as Surviving the 18th Century.
This vast estate has 500 acres that have been carefully preserved and contain a pioneer farm, a distillery and gristmill, beautiful gardens and the tombs of both George and Martha Washington.
Whether you are a history buff or not, a trip to Mount Vernon is a fantastic experience for visitors of all ages and interests.
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