One of my favorite historic places to visit is the home of George Washington in Alexandria, Virginia. It’s glorious. 🙂 George also happens to be my daughter’s favorite U.S. president (he’s also one of mine). So when her Papa (my dad) alerted us to an American Girl event taking place at the estate in April, we were happy to have a reason to go. Here’s a little bit of what we experienced….
Learning a few things before our tour begins….
This lady was not our tour guide.
This lady wasn’t either.
Nope. It wasn’t the green lady either. It was the one in the beige dress who led our group to meet Lady Washington and tour the property with Nelly Custis….
We stopped here to receive an invitation to meet Martha.
Okay, let’s go in and meet her!
Good morning, Lady Washington.
Martha demonstrates how to properly sip your tea, and tells us what not to do. Watch the video. (:21 sec)
Martha shares with us her handiwork and three things to keep in mind in order to live a happy life. Watch the video. (:37 sec)
It’s been lovely chatting with you.
Next, we were introduced to Nelly Custis. She was a hoot! Nelly was Martha’s granddaughter and George’s step-granddaughter.
Nelly told us about a horse race she’d had with her brother George (she supposedly won it), which took off from the West Gate toward downtown Alexandria… in the rain. You can see the gate in the far distance.
Then Nelly led us across her grandfather’s lawn toward the greenhouse to meet Martha Parke Custis Peter.
On our way to the greenhouse, we passed through this vegetable and flower garden.
And here is Martha Parke Custis Peter, who taught us a little more about her family, like how she named her daughter Columbia after the then-new capital of the United States… and how to make posies.
Here is my pretty little flower girl making a pretty little posy with her pretty little American Girl doll, Isabelle.
Isabelle wanted to make sure we remembered what the posy looked like in all its glory.
She also got a little restless waiting for our house tour to begin… so she decided to climb a centuries’ old tree.
This kitchen was part of a small house that George’s guests’ servants resided in during their visits. We passed through it on our way into the mansion, once the posy-making session was over.
And here is George Washington’s lovely manse. Gorgeous!
After the tour, we sat on George’s back porch and enjoyed his cool, breezy, sunshiny view of the Potomac River. That’s Maryland on the other side.
Thanks for joining us on our adventure! 🙂
If you’d like to go on another historic adventure with us, check out
our holiday visit to Sully Historic Site. And another holiday visit to Mount Vernon.