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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 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.
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Decorations on a tree at Mount Vernon during the 2012 holiday season.
Decorations on a tree at Mount Vernon during the 2012 holiday season.
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In the main garden I spotted some hummingbirds  but all of them were far too fast for me to capture....
In the main garden I spotted some hummingbirds, but all of them were far too fast for me to capture. While trying to snap a shot of at least one of the three I saw, as the birds quickly darted away, I found myself distracted by the many pretty flowers in bloom.
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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.
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Mount Vernon estate  east side
Mount Vernon estate, east side
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One of the gingerbread houses currently on display at the Mount Vernon Estate s Education Center dur...
One of the gingerbread houses currently on display at the Mount Vernon Estate's Education Center during the 2012 holiday season
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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
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Aladdin is a very social camel. Here he is approaching visitors.
Aladdin is a very social camel. Here he is approaching visitors.
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Outside of Washington s (reconstructed) treading mill
Outside of Washington's (reconstructed) treading mill
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18th century medicine man explains the wonder of his miracle potions
18th century medicine man explains the wonder of his miracle potions
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A staff member directs visitors in the lobby of Mount Vernon s visitor entrance.
A staff member directs visitors in the lobby of Mount Vernon's visitor entrance.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Recently  it was discovered that the house was not white during George Washington s time in the home...
Recently, it was discovered that the house was not white during George Washington's time in the home as had been shown for a long while, but beige. This past year the house has been redone to portray historical accuracy. In this photo, visitors wait for their tour of the mansion on Christmas Eve.
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Revolutionary era militia reenactment at Mount Vernon
Revolutionary era militia reenactment at Mount Vernon
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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.
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