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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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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.
Decorations on a tree at Mount Vernon during the 2012 holiday season.
Decorations on a tree at Mount Vernon during the 2012 holiday season.
Mount Vernon  photo taken from the west side
Mount Vernon, photo taken from the west side
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.
It is interesting to see the various  critters  that live in the Mount Vernon gardens and wooded are...
It is interesting to see the various "critters" that live in the Mount Vernon gardens and wooded areas. At any given time of the year you can see different types of wildlife.
Mount Vernon estate  east side
Mount Vernon estate, east side
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.
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.
Mount Vernon  the home of George and Martha Washington
Mount Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington
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.
Aladdin is a very social camel. Here he is approaching visitors.
Aladdin is a very social camel. Here he is approaching visitors.
A musical decoration on one of the Christmas trees at Mount Vernon.
A musical decoration on one of the Christmas trees at Mount Vernon.
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
Entrance to Mount Vernon s Colonial Market and Fair 2012
Entrance to Mount Vernon's Colonial Market and Fair 2012
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.
Outside of Washington s (reconstructed) treading mill
Outside of Washington's (reconstructed) treading mill
18th century medicine man explains the wonder of his miracle potions
18th century medicine man explains the wonder of his miracle potions
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.
As part of the day s entertainment was the traditional  Punch & Judy  puppet show which has roots da...
As part of the day's entertainment was the traditional "Punch & Judy" puppet show which has roots dating back hundreds of years.
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.