Wakefield, Pizza, and Mt. Vernon . . .

You may remember the new moose that Jan bought a couple weeks ago.

New Moose in Car

Turns out that Mister likes it too.

Mister and Moose


About noon we all headed out, first to visit Wakefield, the George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument, located about 10 miles south of where we’re parked.

This is a replica house, built in the 1930’s, on the foundation of what was thought at the time to be Washington’s birthplace. But it turns out that this was the second house built in this area.

Washington House 2

Further excavations in the 1970’s found the actual foundations of Washington’s birth house about 100 yards southeast of the house above.

You can see them outlined in white below.

Washington House 7


We were told the rooms are furnished with pieces of furniture from the era, although Jan and I wondered about this because the dining room chairs shown below are identical down to the fabric, of ones we had in our sticks & bricks. So who knows.

Washington House 1


The canopy bed below is one of only two pieces in the house that actually belonged to the Washington family.

Washington House 5


This is the outside kitchen located about 15 yards away from the main house. This was done for safety reasons because of the fire danger.

Washington House 4


And this was Terry’s favorite outside building, the weaving room. Unfortunately it was locked and we could only look through the window.

Washington House 6


This is the view of Pope’s Creek and the nearby Potomac River. Like the view from the porch at Mt. Vernon, it’s humbling to look out at this scene and know that George Washington once stood here and looked out at this same view.

Washington House 3


One thing we noticed is that there are squirrels everywhere here. And they’re pretty fearless, sitting right in front of you and staring right back at you.

Washington House 8


Leaving Wakefield, we headed south about 10 miles down to Montross to check out Angelo’s Pizza, a place recommended by several of Nick’s blog readers. And boy was it good!

Nick said his pizza was some of the best pizza he’s ever eaten. And Jan loved hers too.

Terry had the Baked Lasagna and I had the Combo Baked Spaghetti with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, and meatballs.

Angelo's Baked Spaghetti


And we all had some great baklava for dessert. We all agreed we wanted to come back.

Coming back to the park I was hoping to pick up an Amazon package from the office, but they were already closed, so that’s for tomorrow.

Tomorrow we’re looking forward to visiting Stratford Hall, Robert E. Lee’s birthplace. As it turns out there’s a lot of ‘birthplaces’ around here. James Monroe’s is right down the road, but it’s already closed for the season. So maybe next year.

Following up on the Washington theme, I’ve reposted our visit to Mt. Vernon in 2009.



Thought for the Day:

Luck is the residue of opportunity and design.

– John Milton


Mt. Vernon, George Washington, but no cherry tree…

Originally posted on July 11, 2009

This is our last full day here in the Washington DC area, so we started it with breakfast for one last time at the Silver Diner.

After that we drove down to Mt Vernon to visit George Washington’s home on the Potomac River.

Mount Vernon


We got there about 11 am and the place was packed. They were already into overflow parking.

After watching a very good film at the Welcome Center on George Washington in the French and Indian War, and the Revolutionary War, we headed up the house itself.

And ran into a very long line.



They said it would take about 55 minutes to get into the house.

They lied. It took over 90 minutes to get in.

But in the meantime, we got to see some very old trees lining the path that were planted by George Washington.





They even have these old trees protected with lightning rods to keep them safe.

Lightning Rod


Finally we got within sight of the actual house itself.

Mount Vernon2


After touring the very large house (over 9000 square feet in three floors) we got to sit on the wide front porch and look out on the same river view that George Washington used to enjoy.

One interesting tidbit we learned from one of the guides during the house tour was that George and Martha must have presented a somewhat odd appearance as a couple.

George was about 6′ 3″ and Martha was 4′ 11″. Talk about ‘stooping to conquer”.

View from porch


And from the big smile on her face, Jan enjoys it too.

Jan on Porch


After leaving Mount Vernon, we drove over to Alexandria, VA to eat at the Chart House restaurant on the Potomac River.

After a very good meal we headed back to the coach to get ready to leave tomorrow morning.


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