Mount Vernon – the main house as seen from the East – you can
see it’s early spring as the big tree hasn’t budded yet.

Yesterday I was hunting through my photo files in search of a picture of the Stars and Stripes that would work well for today but couldn’t find one. Then thankfully it occurred to me that my photos from my visit to President George Washington’s estate of Mount Vernon back in April have gone unattended, and they would indeed make a nice patriotic photo essay for Independence Day. So here goes.

I loved the symmetry of those comfortable chairs on the porch. They are attached to each other and serve as a barrier to funnel visitors on the mansion tour into the right door, but when you sit down you do have a grand view of the Potomac River.

Here’s the view of the Potomac River from the mansion.

Spring by the river  

Driftwood down by the landing


Cherry tree blossoms
Gate to the Kitchen Garden
The Kitchen Garden – Mount Vernon was first and foremost a working farm, and George Washington was always experimenting with what would grow.
A curve in the wall of the kitchen garden – beyond it the roofs of service buildings, such as the saddle shop or the house where the general manager lived.
My reflection in the window of one of those service buildings
Here’s the touristy shot – there’s gotta be one like these, right? My friend Miho and I in front of the mansion at Mount Vernon, tourists in line for the mansion tour off to the left (by the way, you are not allowed to take pictures inside).
Hence, here, a scan of a postcard of my favorite room: The Small Dining Room. I loved the intense green! The back of the postcard reads: “The bright verdigris green of the small dining room walls reflects George Washington’s color selection and complements the red window hangings and graceful plaster ceiling decoration. The smaller of the two mansion dining rooms, this room could not always accommodate the many guests who enjoyed the Washingtons’ hospitality.” Speaking of guests, they would often stay for months (the house has a lot of bedrooms on the upper floor), something Washington was usually not too happy about as he was a private man who mainly wanted to be a farmer and not a statesman).

Leaving – this is the view of the bowling green from the mansion, and straight ahead, off in the distance, the gate buildings were people used to arrive with their carriages to visit the president.