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Obama: Rangers, make life difficult for visitors during shutdown

President Barack Obama has told park rangers to make life difficult for visitors during shutdown of the American government, according to a major United States newspaper. The same newspaper reported the rangers are upset by the situation.

Photo Essay: Summer excavations of Mount Vernon's kitchen ongoing Special

Mount Vernon - An archaeology dig at Mount Vernon has been taking place throughout the summer outside the property's kitchen. The team's objective is to try to learn more about the earlier layout of the property and also see what other artifacts can be found.

Photo Essay: Bees, butterflies & flying critters at Mount Vernon Special

Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon is a popular destination in Northern Virginia. In addition to touring the mansion itself, the property is interesting to explore and photograph. Not only are the views overlooking the Potomac River stunning, but there is much wildlife to see.

Photo Essay: Christmas at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate Special

Mount Vernon - Over the past several weeks things have gotten festive at Mount Vernon, George Washington's Estate, Museum & Gardens. The historic property is decorated for Christmas as visitors experience a taste of 18th century holiday celebrating.

Photo Essay: School project gingerbread display at Mount Vernon Special

Mount Vernon - 'Tis the season where communities are displaying all sorts of festive cheer. One Virginia-based elementary after-school club built several wonderful gingerbread houses which are currently on display at the Mount Vernon Estate's Education Center.

Photo essay: Mount Vernon Fair recreates 18th century marketplace Special

Mount Vernon - Over the weekend the annual Colonial Market & Fair was held at the Mount Vernon estate in Northern Virginia. Mount Vernon is the home of U.S. first president George Washington.

Mount Vernon to recreate 18th century market & fair next weekend Special

Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon is readying to hold its annual Colonial Market & Fair at the majestic home of George and Martha Washington. The event will take place next weekend.

Summer travel: The historic grand homes of Northern Virginia Special

The Washington, D.C. area is full of early American history. While the U.S. is a young country, its beginning history is still highly preserved in many locations.

Mount Vernon: A glimpse inside the life of George Washington Special

Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon is the stately home of Gen. George Washington located in Northern Virginia, just 16 miles south of Washington D.C.
 

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A visitor walks into the entrance to Mount Vernon property  which is decorated in traditional greens...
A visitor walks into the entrance to Mount Vernon property, which is decorated in traditional greens and reds.
James Rose  who performed  Punch & Judy  brought out his marionette to show the children after the s...
James Rose, who performed "Punch & Judy" brought out his marionette to show the children after the show. The children all sat in a large circle; here he waves to a couple of them.
Aladdin is a very social camel. Here he is approaching visitors.
Aladdin is a very social camel. Here he is approaching visitors.
A side view of Mount Vernon s kitchen. This structure was built in 1775 by George Washington in the ...
A side view of Mount Vernon's kitchen. This structure was built in 1775 by George Washington in the vicinity of the main house. It was placed close enough for convenience, but far enough to reduce the risk of damage to the main house in the event of a fire. Currently, an archeology project is ongoing outside of the structure. Here you can see some of the team covering up the excavation at day's close.
The darkened bricks are part of the original structure of the Women s Bunk House
The darkened bricks are part of the original structure of the Women's Bunk House
Outside of Washington s (reconstructed) treading mill
Outside of Washington's (reconstructed) treading mill
Mount Vernon guide talks to group visiting Gen. George Washington s final resting place
Mount Vernon guide talks to group visiting Gen. George Washington's final resting place
Christmas trees located in the lobby of the Museum/Educational Center. Here a statue of Gen. George ...
Christmas trees located in the lobby of the Museum/Educational Center. Here a statue of Gen. George Washington stands between two trees.
A closer look at the dig currently going on at Mount Vernon. Here are some tools being used in the m...
A closer look at the dig currently going on at Mount Vernon. Here are some tools being used in the meticulous process of excavation and sorting.
One of the events at Mount Vernon this year is chocolate making in the 1700s. Here demonstrators sho...
One of the events at Mount Vernon this year is chocolate making in the 1700s. Here demonstrators show visitors how this treat was made in Martha Washington's time.
Horses trotted on this upper floor of the barn and wheat would break from the straw and fall through...
Horses trotted on this upper floor of the barn and wheat would break from the straw and fall through the floorboards below.
Members of the First Virginia Regiment speak to visitors at Mount Vernon at the annual Colonial Mark...
Members of the First Virginia Regiment speak to visitors at Mount Vernon at the annual Colonial Market and Fair
A portion of the area currently being excavated outside the kitchen at Mount Vernon. The current str...
A portion of the area currently being excavated outside the kitchen at Mount Vernon. The current structure was built in 1775. Historians know that earlier outbuildings existed prior to this "modern" kitchen being built and are seeking to find out more information about an earlier era.
Image taken of model that depicts the formal dining room at Mount Vernon.
Image taken of model that depicts the formal dining room at Mount Vernon.
Otto the Swordswallower in a 2006 performance at Mount Vernon s annual fair
Otto the Swordswallower in a 2006 performance at Mount Vernon's annual fair
Digital Journalist Leigh Goessl posing near Mount Vernon
Digital Journalist Leigh Goessl posing near Mount Vernon
Courtesy Leigh Goessl
Entrance to Mount Vernon s Colonial Market and Fair 2012
Entrance to Mount Vernon's Colonial Market and Fair 2012
Common Folk Farm was one of the many vendors present for the weekend event. Here one could buy a var...
Common Folk Farm was one of the many vendors present for the weekend event. Here one could buy a variety of herb mixtures, soup mix, jellies, teas and more.
Archeologists busy at work outside the Mount Vernon kitchen.  Here you can see the passageway to the...
Archeologists busy at work outside the Mount Vernon kitchen. Here you can see the passageway to the kitchen behind the archeologists. Visitors to the property tour the mansion and then can walk across to the current kitchen, which has been restored. However, earlier buildings existed here and experts are seeking more information.
These gingerbread houses were made by GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science)  a girls  after sch...
These gingerbread houses were made by GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science), a girls' after school club, at Fort Belvoir Elementary School. The creators of these houses are in the third and fourth grades.