Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Founding Fathers Series

If you have followed my blog you know I am from Virginia and I have to admit I am very bias when it comes to the Old Dominion.  We have a very rich history beginning with Jamestown and Yorktown home to the early settlers arriving to the new land.  Williamsburg had the honor of being the capital of Virginia during the colonial period, is where the second University began and continues its mission today.  

Our state has given birth to eight of our Presidents beginning with our first George Washington who was one of our founding fathers.  I am very happy to release the first of a series honoring the men who shaped our nation.  We will begin with George Washington's beautiful home on the Potomac - Mount Vernon. 

I remember going to Mount Vernon as a child before fully restored and there was no museum, bookstore, candlelight tour it was just a visit to walk the grounds picnic on the front lawn and look out on the Potomac.  I remember when the recent renovations began, the transformation and the addition of a wonderful museum.  We almost lost this treasure but fortunately in 1853 Pamela Cunningham took action and formed the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union.  The Ladies Association is the oldest national historical preservation organization in the country.
Our Founding Father
George Washington's Mt. Vernon

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In a speech George Washington made to Congress on January 8th, 1790
he shared the love he had for his home and his life in Virginia,

"I had rather be at Mount Vernon with a friend or two about me, 
than to be attended at the seat of government by the officers
 of state and the representatives of every power in Europe."

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