Here are some of my favorite pictures that I took today.
What his garden looked like back then
Part of the garden still
A really old tree on his estate
(I wonder how many times George walked past this tree?)
His mansion restored to it's original state
(still has much of the original furniture, woodwork inside)
It was cool walking up to the next floor touching the same rail that he touched as he walked upstairs to his room.
We weren't allowed to take pictures inside of the main house.
A closer view of the main house, which is under restoration
Top of the house, when it would get considerably hot, the heat would rise, George would go and open these windows to help cool the house.
One of the shutters on the back porch
View from the back porch of George's house
View from the backyard looking at the house
Boys in the backyard of the house
George and Martha Washington's Tomb
George on the right, and Martha on the left
The black square in the middle of the picture is a tomb of 25 relatives.
Tomb of 3 more relatives
A magnificent old tree that grows next to the tombs
Entry way to Washington's slaves burial ground
He had 319 that helped him, they were all educated, could read and write, and were skilled workers, only 11 out of the 319 were not. His last will and testament he wished for them to all go free.
Monument for the slaves
Of all the slaves the plots were never marked
Area where the slaves are buried, but not marked
Beautiful area where the slaves lived and worked
PHOTOS of the GRISTMILL and DISTILLERY beginning now:
At the Gristmill, where they made flour, cornmeal, and grits
They still do today, we bought some cornmeal
Gristmill powered by the water wheel
One of the wheels that grinds the corn, weighs as much as a small car
The distillery where they made rye whiskey
All in a days fun, we're tired, but glad we spent all day learning about one of our forefathers. And the very first one at that, what an awesome experience. Ive always said on different occasions, I'd love to go back in time for a brief moment to meet certain people. He'd be one of them.