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ILR395 In George Washington’s Footsteps: Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon Tour
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, founded in 1749, was devised by the Virginia House of Burgesses and plotted by a young surveyor named George Washington. He later called it home, as did Robert E. Lee, John Carlyle and many other historic figures. Today, Alexandria is a bustling waterfront town with cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks. We will spend the morning exploring this charming old town and immerse ourselves in the history of the city. We will see many historic sites, such as the Christ Church, where both Washington and Lee still have pews in their family names, and the house where Robert E. Lee lived as a boy. You will have time for some self-exploration before we head to Mount Vernon to visit the plantation home of our first President. Mount Vernon offers a glimpse into 18th-century plantation life through beautiful gardens and grounds, intriguing museum exhibits, and a pioneer farm that is still in operation today as it was in the days when Colonel Washington was leading our colonial troops. We will start by enjoying a sit down lunch in the Mount Vernon Inn. Then we will tour the grounds, walk through the actual mansion where George Washington lived, and visit the tomb where he rests next to his beloved wife, Martha. There will also be time to explore the magnificent Museum and Education Center to view the fascinating array of Mount Vernon artifacts, including the most famous pair of dentures in U.S. history. Please note: Your registration fee includes a 2 hour pre-trip class, a two-course lunch on the day of the trip, and entry to Mt. Vernon. You will be asked to select your meal choice prior to the trip.