This is the entrance to the new facilities the Ford Orientation Center funded by the Ford Motor Company and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center click on either of those names to find out more information about those parts of the museum, well worth the visits.
Jaden, Helena, Bea, Jordan, Ella (behind Jordan) Madison and Kaleigh taking a picture with George and Martha Washington and Martha's children from her first marriage (Jackie and Patsy Custis)
While we were waiting for the movie so we could learn a little about Mt. Vernon and George Washington, we were able to see a model replica of the house, it was awesome, the floors moved up and down and walls dropped so you could see inside the house. The girls were itching to touch, luckly they had one they could play with in the Education Center.
This is a stain glass window outside the theater it is gorgeous, it depicts the significant moments in Washington's life, including the big one of the reading of the Declaration of Independence.
You couldn't take pictures inside the home but we were able to take lots of pictures outside. The house itself is BEAUTIFUL, the outside of the house is made with wood and carved to look like stone, because stone was too expensive to use and wood was easier to work with.
The view from the back porch over looking the Potomac.
In the education center they have all these stautes that look real, its awesome, this one is obviously of George Washington leading his men in winter....
and this one is a sample of what sleeping quarters were like. The best part about this is that when you pressed the button the man in the bed kind of rolls and snores....it freaked Madison out and of course Jaden loved it.
Inside the education center they have a room just for young kids to be able to touch things ...
One of the last things we got to see was a model of the swearing in of George Washington, again you press a button and things play for you. We also saw his teeth but you can't take pictures of it, otherwise I would have but it was kind of cool, in a weird kind of way.
Here is some of the stuff the girls learned about our first president George Washington.
It's kind of long, but worth reading if you are into history.
Meet George Washington
| Rare Facts & Curious Truths About Our First President|
Boyhood Experience and Training
Leadership and Management Skills
Mount Vernon Life
Philosophy and Politics
How do we know so much about George Washington?
Washington wrote thousands of letters explaining his beliefs and positions; he kept daily diaries and journals with records of his activities; and he maintained written accounts of all his expenditures. These documents provide unusual insight into his thoughts and feelings and a unique window into life during the 18th century, the operation of a plantation, and conditions during the wars in which he served. To read Washington's letters, visit The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition.