New Meetup: Mount Vernon - Home of our First President, George Washington

From: albert
Sent on: Monday, October 5, 2009 9:12 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Alexandria Walking Meetup Group!

What: Mount Vernon - Home of our First President, George Washington

When: October 24,[masked]:00 AM

Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22309

Hey Super Troopers!!!

It's our lucky day, as we'll be going to a very special place - we'll be going to Mount Vernon, the plantation home of our nation's first president, George Washington. We're also lucky as our walk will coincide with the fall foliage season. It'll be breathtakingly beautiful and gorgeous (funny, that's how the girls describe me when I walk into the clubs, bars, etc).

We'll begin at the Ford Orientation Center. A 20-minute action-adventure movie, We Fight to be Free, depicts a heroic and charismatic Washington at pivotal moments in his life. It's very, very, very good.

Then, we'll make our way up to the Mansion via the Upper Garden, we'll stop by the slave quarters, the blacksmith shop, and other structures as well. Then, we'll head to the crown jewel of the plantation -the mansion- and get about 20 to 30 minutes tour of the place and then take in the protected (and stunning) view of the Potomac River and Maryland shore, as George Washington would have seen.

After the mansion, we'll our way south visiting the stable, coach house, and Washington's Tomb. After paying our respects, we'll make our way to the banks of the Potomac River, then turn 90 degrees west and head for the 16-sided barn and slave cabin. We'll then make our way back via the Forest Trail - the trail will give us a glimpse of the wilderness of centuries long ago.

The 1.5 mile (2 hour) walk will conclude at the entrance of Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. I hope you'll take your time roaming the state-of-the-art facility, which in great detail tells the story of Washington's inspiring and incredible life, including his military and political careers.

Located just 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the plantation rests on the banks of the Potomac River at the southern terminus of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Parking is free and convenient. For more directions and information, you can go to:

What to bring: yourself (call me if you need a ride), $15 for admission, water, comfy walking shoes, and cool sunglasses. As you all know, we normally don't go to places that have an admission fee, however this $15 is the best $15 you'll ever spend entire life.

Where to meet: you'll see me waiting (for my true love) at the entrance of the Mount Vernon Inn, which is the building closest to the street. If you have questions, going to late, or just feel like saying hello, my number [masked]).

Hope to see you there -

- Albert

****Being locals we often miss what's right in our backyard. We miss what people all around the world come to visit. If you have not visited Mount Vernon, I strongly wish you'd come on this walk with us - not because of your awesome assistant organizer, or the normal great walkers, the loads of fun we have, and the sights we see, but because life is short, you may leave the DC area never get to visit this American treasure.****

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