Wednesday, May 28, 2014
One of our top places to visit during our Washington D.C. visit was George Washington's home of Mount Vernon. With all the focus on other aspects of his life, it is easy to forget that he was fundamentally a wealthy aristocratic farmer.
The west side of the mansion
The east side of the mansion faces the Potomac River.
This water pump was a good reminder that running water is a modern luxury.
This coach is like the one Washington used for travel for official business. Washington is often pictured riding a horse, but travel was usually done by coach.
For getting around on country lanes, two-wheeled "riding chairs" were preferred to the larger and heavier four wheel coaches. Two wheeled carts were also taxed less than the four wheeled coaches.
Spinning and weaving equipment
Washington had a fancy greenhouse for exotic plants.
As was customary at that time, running a large plantation relied on slave labor. This is a picture of the male slave dormitory.
Washington's burial crypt