Mt. Vernon: Warmth, Charm and Simplicity

Mt. VernonNo wonder George Washington loved his home at Mt. Vernon. Potomac River at Mount VernonIt’s nestled into 500 acres of rolling woodlands along the Potomac RiverWashington Monument and Airplane in Washington D.C. just 17 miles south of Washington D.C. Capitol Building Washington D.C.and less than an hour commute on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Sunset along Potomac River, VAOf course, there was no such highway in George Washington’s day, Ronald Reagan Airport Washington D.C.nor were there any lovely airports… Ronald Reagan Washington National Airportnor was Washington D.C. even America’s capital city until 1800,
the year after Washington died! Flight leaving Washington D.C.So, in order to serve his country, Washington spent the lion’s share of his career Carriage for George Washingtontraveling along muddy trails via carriages to New York and Philadelphia, George Washington's Vehiclesonly enjoying brief respites at his beloved Mt. Vernon estate. Touring Mt. VernonTouring Mt. Vernon with Liz and Chuck made me admire the Washington family even more than I had, and in light of the current political situation in America,Geroge Washington QuotesI became quite curious about what motivated them.www.eupedia.com Corsica Travel GuideWhen you compare their home to the estates of European military heroes
during that period (for example, Napoléon Bonaparte),Mt. Vernon KitchenMt. Vernon was remarkably modest and unpretentious. Pantry of Mt. VernonAlthough they were known for their extraordinary hospitality,Peanut and Chestnut Soup Mt. Vernonthey were never considered extravagant. Bread Pudding. Mt. Vernon Inn Restaurant. VA(We enjoyed two of their favorite dishes at the Mt. Vernon Inn Restaurant:
Peanut and chestnut soup with bread pudding for dessert.)George Washington reflecting on U.S. GovernmentWhat made George and Martha Washington willing to serve the cause
of their country as true statesmen Robert Frost speaking of George Washingtonwithout seeking fame or fortune? Red Angus Cattle at Mt. VernonI kept wondering, but it wasn’t until I found the quiet siteMemorial to George Washington at Mt. Vernon of the memorial Martha made for George, Inscription on George Washington's Memorial at Mt. Vernonalong with her beautiful tribute to his goodness (and I’m not sure if there’s a comparable affirmation to be found among the monarchs of the world), Tomb of George and Martha Washington john11.25-26that I felt I’d found the reason for his true excellence of character. John 11.25-26 Inscription above tomb of George and Martha Washington Mt. VernonIt’s written on the simple inscription hanging above their graves:

I am the resurrection, and the life saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” St. John XI.25.26   Washington's Last Birthday. Painting 1798 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1895The end of the verses that were written above their tombs was not recorded, but it was, “Believest thou this?” To me, it’s obvious that they did believe the words written in that verse, and that their lives demonstrated that faith beautifully!

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:2-3). Reconstructed Quarters for slaves and farm hands Mt. Vernon VA
(I took all the photos at Mt. Vernon and in Washington D.C. this spring except the picture of Napoléon Bonaparte’s estate, which is from the Corisca Travel Guide, http://www.eupedia.com )

 

 

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