Friday, December 14, 2007
This is the final post in this series about Mt. Vernon. (At least until the 26th anyway, when I may follow up with additional information after my visit there with a friend's mother.)
In addition to the Ford Orientation Center and the estate and grounds themselves, Mt. Vernon now includes an education center and museum. The education center engages forensic science in an effort to ascertain what Washington looked like at 19, 45, and 51. This section of Mt. Vernon is a little Disneyfied in that it's aurally and visually very stimulating. The learning center provides information on Washington career's, his thoughts on religion and government, the types of crops he grew at Mt. Vernon, and his transition from president to citizen.
The highlight of the learning center is the exhibit room that deals with nothing but George Washington's oral (as in dental) history! Unfortunately, photography isn't allowed in that section of the center, so I have no pictures of his dentures to show.
In addition to the learning center, there is also a museum that showcases furnishings, table settings, and clothing that were original to the estate, as well Remington Peale's portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Washington.
Hope you've enjoyed this whirlwind tour. It's been a fun week for me!