A View from History

I was a little surprised at how touched I was to be standing in a spot where George Washington probably stood and looking at the same view he would have enjoyed … and what a beautiful, peaceful view it is.

He owned enough land that he would have had innumerable spots he could have chosen to build his house, but I can’t imagine that this wasn’t the clear favorite if nothing else because of the view.

What an admirable and interesting man … and an interesting place.  Maybe when he was fighting a war and then governing a new nation and had to be away from home for long periods of time, his memory of this peaceful home and this beautiful view gave him a few moments of peace.

I’ve just started reading a biography of George Washington.  This visit to his home has made me want to know more about him than what we learned from history books in school.

5 Responses to A View from History

  1. Linda says:

    These are beautiful photos. I can only imagine how it must have felt to be standing on such a historic spot.

  2. Sandra says:

    It really was touching, Linda.

  3. What biography did you choose on Washington, Sandra? I’ve been thinking I want to read up on American History this summer–I’m even thinking I will finish up my degree in History–now that I am old enough that it would be FREE!9+69 That’s one of my big regrets in life! Life and raising kids and taking care of my mom just caught up with me. You can’t “do everything”–at least do everything well I found. Have you read any of David McCullough’s biographies? They are on my list too! Ben Franklin is interesting too!

  4. mrs4444 says:

    I, too, enjoy history more nowadays :) I’d enjoy that scene, too.

    This reminds me a a funny video I watched yesterday about a toddler boy who was crying in the back seat of his mom’s vehicle, just sobbing about never having met George Washington!haha

    It’s great to “see” you, Sandra :) Hope all is well with you.

  5. Sandra says:

    V — I don’t read much history, but after seeing Mt. Vernon I really wanted to know more about our first president. So I’m reading Washington, A Life by Ron Chernow. I have to admit I’m not very far into it, because book club books get in the way. But I’m going to stay at it. Good luck with getting your degree — you’re never too old to accomplish a goal. Good for you!

    Mrs4444 — It’s so nice to hear from you!! Hope all is well. Why is it that videos of kids are always so entertaining? I guess because they don’t KNOW how funny they are being. :)

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