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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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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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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.
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Layers of ground have been dug out in the perimeter of Mount Vernon s kitchen. Here you can see some...
Layers of ground have been dug out in the perimeter of Mount Vernon's kitchen. Here you can see some of the work currently being done.
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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.
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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
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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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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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Washington s carriage
Washington's carriage
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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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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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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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A gingerbread house created by students at the Fort Belvoir Elementary School.
A gingerbread house created by students at the Fort Belvoir Elementary School.
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A gingerbread house made by students a part of Fort Belvoir Elementary School s GEMS  program. An af...
A gingerbread house made by students a part of Fort Belvoir Elementary School's GEMS, program. An after school club for girls.
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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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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.
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A gingerbread house created by third and fourth grade students part of an after school girls  club.
A gingerbread house created by third and fourth grade students part of an after school girls' club.
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During Christmas 1787  George Washington paid 18 shillings and brought a camel to his beloved home f...
During Christmas 1787, George Washington paid 18 shillings and brought a camel to his beloved home for his guests to enjoy. In modern day, Aladdin is an annual guest at Mount Vernon during Christmas.
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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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Digital Journalist Leigh Goessl posing near Mount Vernon
Digital Journalist Leigh Goessl posing near Mount Vernon
Courtesy Leigh Goessl
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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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