We visited Mount Vernon this week. We visit probably a couple of times a year. They decorate for the holidays and show how the Washingtons celebrate the holidays.
One of favorite things is the statue of "Nelly" Washington, George Washington's stepdaughter that sits with the First Couple in the lobby of the Visitors Center.
The kids received an adventure map to accompany the journey.
And found my personal favorite part. A full demonstration of the chocolate making process
Next stop, the blacksmiths. Above is the coal in its various forms. The blacksmith explained how the coal changes as it burns. The lowest piece is coal ready for the fire. The top piece is the waste impurities that are left behind and won't burn. These rocks need to be regularly cleaned out of the fire pit.
On our way back to the visitor center, we encountered "Nelly Calvert" who told us about her life on the plantation after she married George Washington's grandson. She was kind enough to show me the details of her clothing. Her dress is an apron style closed not with buttons but with straight pins. Froggy was boggled that she walked around all day with straight pins.
Our last stop was the gingerbread display. a detailed replica of the Mansion created by former White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier,
And Chocolate trees
And then we saw the replicas from the chefs in training, 4th graders who created their versions of the buildings of the Estate.
The kidlets were then given the opportunity to match the replicas with the building they represented it. It was fun listening to their reasoning. There is no answer key but I think we got them all right.