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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 winter s view of the Potomac River behind the main house at Mount Vernon. This view is much like t...
A winter's view of the Potomac River behind the main house at Mount Vernon. This view is much like the one George Washington would have seen in the late 18th century. Across the river, the land is intentionally undeveloped.
Throughout the afternoon several different types of bees could be spotted in the various gardens. He...
Throughout the afternoon several different types of bees could be spotted in the various gardens. Here are two of them steadily at work in the main garden near Mount Vernon's greenhouse.
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.
This image was actually taken outside of the gates near one of the flower pots at Mount Vernon s gif...
This image was actually taken outside of the gates near one of the flower pots at Mount Vernon's gift shop entrance. I was able to finish the afternoon with a final shot of a flying critter, I'd never seen close up before.
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.
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.
Visitors to Mount Vernon can watch archeologists sort through the dirt to see if any artifacts can b...
Visitors to Mount Vernon can watch archeologists sort through the dirt to see if any artifacts can be found. To date, many 18th and 19th Century pieces have been found, including an 1835 half-dime.
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.
A gingerbread house created by students at the Fort Belvoir Elementary School.
A gingerbread house created by students at the Fort Belvoir Elementary School.
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.
This display sat in the Museum and Educational Center s lobby during Christmas 2012
This display sat in the Museum and Educational Center's lobby during Christmas 2012
While trying to chase down a larger hopping critter with my lens  it burrowed itself in the grass. T...
While trying to chase down a larger hopping critter with my lens, it burrowed itself in the grass. This critter, however, was less camera shy.
Throughout the afternoon several different types of bees could be spotted. Here are two of them stea...
Throughout the afternoon several different types of bees could be spotted. Here are two of them steadily at work.
Mount Vernon estate  east side
Mount Vernon estate, east side
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
18th century chocolate was not necessarily the flavor you d typically find today. In the 1700 hundre...
18th century chocolate was not necessarily the flavor you'd typically find today. In the 1700 hundreds it might have been flavored with cinnamon or even hot peppers.
What did George Washington s Mount Vernon look like before the Revolutionary War? Archeologists and ...
What did George Washington's Mount Vernon look like before the Revolutionary War? Archeologists and historians hope to find out. This image illustrates the ongoing archeology dig going on at Mount Vernon in summer 2013.
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
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.