April Tea Party Winners

Six Year Blog Anniversary WINNERS: Carla Gade - Pattern for Romance audiobooks go to Andrea Stephens and Megs Minutes and winner of Love's Compas is Terressa Thornton, PEGG THOMAS's signed copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection is Debra Smith, Janet Grunst's debut book goes to Kathleen Maher, Carrie Fancett Pagels' winner's choice goes to: Connie Saunders, Denise Weimer's print winner of, Angela Couch's winner's choice goes to Susan Johnson, Debra E. Marvin reader's choice of any of her novellas or a paperback of Saguaro Sunset novella -- Teri DiVincenzo and Lynne Feurstein, Jennifer Hudson Taylor's "For Love or Country" go to: Lucy Reynolds, Bree Herron and Mary Ellen Goodwin, Shannon McNear's winners are Becky Dempsey for Pioneer Christmas and Michelle Hayes for Most Eligible Bachelor, Roseanna White's winner for Love Finds You in Annapolis is Becky Smith.

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Visit to Mount Vernon

In April I had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. with my mom, my mother-in-law, and my two daughters. We saw amazing sights, listened to countless tour guides, and overloaded our senses with museums. But by far, the two most poignant place we visited were Ford's Theater, where Lincoln was assassinated, and Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington.

My daughter, me, my other daughter, my mom, and my
mother-in-law in Union Station.
As a history lover and a writer, I get giddy when I stand in the place where history happened. To see, smell, hear, touch, and sometimes taste my surroundings allows the stories I read and write to come alive. I didn't simply read about Lincoln's assassination, I stood where he stood. I sat where he sat. I looked at what he saw in his final moments. There's really nothing quite like it.


We went to Mount Vernon in a similar fashion as Washington traveled there many times: by river. Though, I'm sure our boat was much more comfortable than his. :) We took the boat down the beautiful Potomac to the Washington's home. It was a lovely trip with various points of interest brought to our attention along the way by the captain.













Upon seeing Mount Vernon, I must confess I was impressed. It wasn't quite as palatial as I had imagined (I had pictured Twelve Oaks from Gone With the Wind), but it was enormous by their standards out in the wilds of Virginia. There were so many people visiting, they literally herded us through in a single line and we only heard snippets of what the tour guides were telling us as they were stationed in each room. There was also no photography allowed inside.

Having read Washington's Lady, by Nancy Moser, I had certain images in mind, but my whole perspective changed upon walking through the house. I can't wait to reread the story and put all the characters in their proper setting. I know it will be a richer experience for me.

It was wonderful to walk the grounds and see the small community that made up Mount Vernon. The slave quarters, the blacksmith, the stables, the smoke houses, etc. The gardens were lovely and one of my favorite pictures from the trip was taken there.











My favorite. :)
The most important thing I walked away with after visiting Mount Vernon was a sense of really knowing George Washington. Not as the war hero or immortalized father of our nation...but as a man who loved his home, his family, and his country. He became real to me.

Your Turn: Have you been to Mount Vernon or Ford's Theater? What historic location has had the most impact on you?

Gabrielle Meyer:
Find me on Facebook
Find me on Pinterest
Find me on Twitter
Find me on Amazon
Find me on Goodreads
Find me on My Website

3 comments:

  1. I've been to Ford's Theater and, like you, it left quite an impression on me. The historical site that has made the biggest impact on me was Antietam Battlefield. If you've never been there ... go. You know you're standing on hallowed ground. I've been to many of the Civil War battlefields from Gettysburg to Vicksburg, but none of them hit me as hard as Antietam.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I would love to go visit there. Thanks for inspiring me to do so, Gabrielle, and so glad you had a nice visit!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Sounds like a wonderful trip. What a great way to share history with your children!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for commenting, please check back for our replies!