Personal Mini Family Vacation to Washington, D.C. Parts 3 and 4

Mount Vernon is a gorgeous place to visit and the last time I was there was with my father and grandparents in the 1990’s. Since then, they’ve built a beautiful education center and museum. And I completely forgot to mention the weather, warm, breezy, but not humid! Very “un-Virginia” for early summertime, just beautiful and perfect! If you don’t know already, Mount Vernon was George and Martha Washington’s estate on the Potomac River. You are not allowed to take any photos inside the main house, but anywhere else you are.

To see the beginning of this mini vacation click here.

All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Deirdre Ryan Photography. They are protected by U.S. Copyright Laws, and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of Deirdre Ryan Photography. Copyright © Deirdre Ryan All Rights Reserved.
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P6280526WashingtonDCTrip.jpgDifferent areas has archaeological digs going on, including at the Slave’s Burial site.
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P6280537WashingtonDCTrip.jpgWe met a little friend at the original family vault. Can someone identify this lizard?
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P6280557WashingtonDCTrip.jpgInside Washington’s Tomb is both George and his wife Martha.
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P6280569WashingtonDCTrip.jpgVisiting the Slave Memorial and Burial Grounds.
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P6280586WashingtonDCTrip.jpgAfter paying tribute to the Slaves Burial Ground, we walked down to the river and then to Pioneer Farm.
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P6280605WashingtonDCTrip.jpgHere, a gentleman demonstrates to the children how to separate the wheat in order to eat it, as an example of what threshing does in the replica of the 16-sided barn designed by Washington for treading wheat.
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P6280704WashingtonDCTrip.jpgI asked if I could take his portrait, and he was very happy to let me, his wife is an artist as well.
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P6280741WashingtonDCTrip.jpgInside the 16-sided barn.
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P6280755WashingtonDCTrip.jpgAn example of a cabin that the Washington’s slave had lived in.
P6280760WashingtonDCTrip.jpgWe took the wooded trail back to the mansion and to meet up with the rest of our family for lunch.
P6280764WashingtonDCTrip.jpgI wanted to wander around a little before eating….
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P6280784WashingtonDCTrip.jpgThe buildings were getting repainted while we were there.
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P6280789WashingtonDCTrip.jpgAs I was wandering around, I spotted a deer near the estate.
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P6280825WashingtonDCTrip.jpgOn the way back to my aunt and uncle’s home, we stopped at Jefferson’s Memorial. I had never been here before and it was on my list for a long time.
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P6280861 1WashingtonDCTrip.jpgMy daughter checking out the view.
P6280880WashingtonDCTrip.jpgIt took a while, but after patiently waiting, there was a break in the crowd of people, and I got a shot of President Jefferson’s statue without anyone in it.
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P6280884WashingtonDCTrip.jpgAn engagement session, the light was perfect for it.
P6280888WashingtonDCTrip.jpgAcross the river you can see the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument.
P6280899WashingtonDCTrip.jpgCan you guess whose statue is shown below? Tell me in the comments.
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We had done a lot of walking that day, but I want to go back, because I felt that I missed on so many things. Taking my daughter there was great because she had been studying the Revolutionary War and seeing everything that day was important to her.

All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Deirdre Ryan Photography. They are protected by U.S. Copyright Laws, and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of Deirdre Ryan Photography. Copyright © Deirdre Ryan All Rights Reserved.

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