Wow, wow and wow. I absolutely loved our day at Mount Vernon. By far this is the most engaging, educational and well-done site we have visited so far. The museum and education center was like nothing I'd ever seen, with life-sized models, phenomenal movies, and a room for younger children to read books about Washington, dress in colonial clothes and play with toys of that era. The educational map the girls received had a puzzle that walked them through the whole site, with the promise of a 'prize' for completing the clues (the prize was a pressed penny). We saw a demonstration on how chocolate is made (who knew!?!), and toured the amazing mansion.
The girls learned a TON, I learned a TON and have a new respect for George Washington's ingenuity, and Brandon got a TON of gorgeous photos.
We even had lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn, served by a waitress in colonial-era dress with great food grown on the farm.
PS - Did you know that the Kennedy's hosted a state dinner on the lawn of Mount Vernon overlooking the Potomac? Did you know Queen Elizabeth visited Mount Vernon? It is all so darned fascinating!!!!