Our first stop was George Washington's birthplace which is right on the Potomac River.
This is NOT the original home which was destroyed in a fire. This was a more
elaborate home built for the bicentennial of Washington's birth in 1932. At that time they
had very little information about the original house. During the excavation for the house,
they found the foundation for the original a short distance away.
Most homes built on the river had the front door facing the river,
but when the original foundation was found it showed
that the sideof the house was toward the river.
I had to laugh when I saw this poor headless scarecrow dressed
in colonial garb. He reminded me of Ichabod Crane. If you've never read
Washington Irving's story about the headless horseman, remedy the situation immediately!
These two handsome creatures cooperated by coming close
to the fence around their enclosures.
On the way to the burial grounds we passed a fence behind which were several beehives and two beekeepers at work. We stopped to say hello and ask how the bees are doing. It was a young man with his mentor and we chatted for several minutes in beekeepers' jargon. He said his bees were doing well and we shared that ours are also. It is always fun to find other beekeepers on our jaunts.
They say "knee high by the 4th of July," but with all the rain
the corn is growing super tall this year. this was next to the burial ground.
Washington's brother Augustine and his wife are buried here. Also Washington's
baby sister who only lived six months. So many children died young in those das.
This replica of the Washington Monument greets visitors at the front gate.
If you get to Colonial Beach don't miss this great attraction. Best of all ---
it's free. It's a hidden jewel. There were very few people visiting when we got there at 11:00.