Sunday, October 10, 2010

Summer Reading

George Washington is known for many things -- creating a stellar military career, being the first President of the United States, wearing a set of wooden teeth. What you may not know is that he also had a fantastic backyard.

From his porch at Mount Vernon, his home in Alexandria, Washington enjoyed this spectacular view of the Potomac River. It was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington from the time of their marriage in 1759 until his death in 1799. Washington once said of Mount Vernon: "No estate in United America is more pleasantly situated than this." I wonder if the Washingtons also lounged on this lawn, like the young woman reading here, looking over the river on a similar summer afternoon.

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