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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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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.
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.
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
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
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.
Original burial site of George Washington and several other family members before the new tomb was b...
Original burial site of George Washington and several other family members before the new tomb was built as specified in his will.
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.
Christmas trees located in the lobby of the visitor s entrance. The trees throughout the property ar...
Christmas trees located in the lobby of the visitor's entrance. The trees throughout the property are decorated with 18th century items, ideas or images representative of this earlier time.
Entrance to Mount Vernon s Colonial Market and Fair 2012
Entrance to Mount Vernon's Colonial Market and Fair 2012
Mount Vernon has several festive Christmas trees throughout the property s buildings.
Mount Vernon has several festive Christmas trees throughout the property's buildings.
Revolutionary era militia reenactment at Mount Vernon
Revolutionary era militia reenactment at Mount Vernon
A side view of Mount Vernon s kitchen. This structure was built in 1775 by George Washington in the ...
A side view of Mount Vernon's kitchen. This structure was built in 1775 by George Washington in the vicinity of the main house. It was placed close enough for convenience, but far enough to reduce the risk of damage to the main house in the event of a fire. Currently, an archeology project is ongoing outside of the structure. Here you can see some of the team covering up the excavation at day's close.
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.
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
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.
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.
18th century medicine man explains the wonder of his miracle potions
18th century medicine man explains the wonder of his miracle potions
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.
Mount Vernon estate  east side
Mount Vernon estate, east side