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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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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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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.
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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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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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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.
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Mount Vernon  photo taken from the west side
Mount Vernon, photo taken from the west side
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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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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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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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View of the Potomac from the Mount Vernon estate on a warm winter s day
View of the Potomac from the Mount Vernon estate on a warm winter's day
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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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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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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.
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Several beautiful butterflies can be found in the various gardens at Mount Vernon throughout much of...
Several beautiful butterflies can be found in the various gardens at Mount Vernon throughout much of the year. While exploring the large garden near the mansion, I spotted several (what I believe to be) Swallowtail butterflies during this summer visit.
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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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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.
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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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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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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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