Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mount Vernon Christmas Ornaments

When we visited Mount Vernon recently the visitors' center was all decked out for Christmas.  

I have enjoyed collecting ornaments for years and I was fascinated by the ones on their Christmas Trees.  All of them could be bought in the gift shop.

I tried to get photos of as many of the Presidents as I could, but I needed another half an hour to do that.  I looked for our present President.  I couldn't find him in the time I had.  I needed to investigate another large tree but as we had tickets at an allotted time to look at George Washington's home, we had to go. 

However, I tried my best.

Martha Washington made an appearance.

This is a painting of their home.

George Washington look-a-likes.

A glass ornament of Mount Vernon.

Here he is looking through a telescope but I couldn't find any information on his interest in this subject.

Gregg said he was an accomplished surveyor and may have used celestial observations to determine his location.

I think this is supposed to be Betsy Ross because of the flag in her basket, but it could be Martha I suppose....

and another of George with a bag of flour.

President Washington also owned a Grist Mill and Distillery three miles away from Mount Vernon. It's on our list of places to visit.  You can check it out here.

Martha was an excellent gardener and you can read more about that here.

The Christmas Camel was a surprise.  There is a real one on the grounds which I will be sharing later on this week.  

I am not sure who this lady in the frame is, maybe Martha in her younger years.  Not really sure though.  

Here's Martha and George again....

and one last glass ornament of their home, which I will also be sharing soon.