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Not too far south of Old Town, but before you get to the popular Mount Vernon, there is another bit of George Washington history you should see. Woodlawn Plantation was part of George Washington's vast estate here in Virginia, and when his nephew Lawrence Lewis married George & Martha's foster daughter Nellie Custis, Woodlawn was their wedding gift! The mansion is believed to have been designed by the architect of the US Capitol. If it's a clear day you can see all the way to the Potomac. There are lovely gardens, especially in the Spring and Summer. If you are there around Halloween, they give ghost tours which are fun. Also on the grounds is a small house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright called the Pope-Leighey House (it was relocated to the site).
Woodlawn has a special place in my heart because my own wedding took place here.
Written Aug 25, 2002
Try the active visit. Alexandria and Washington DC are great for active people. For example, take the bike path from old town all the way south to Mount Vernon (George Washington's home) for a beautiful ride/jog/skate. Or take the path north to Washington DC and tour the city on bike or skates. the path goes along the potomac river and offers some beautiful views of the nation's capital.
Written Aug 24, 2002
Get up pretty early to join this crew. At 0900 AM they were getting hte boats ready for storage after a morning row!
Written Jan 12, 2008
Not much know except this plaque and the anchor. Walk down King Street to the edge of the Potomac where you will see this little triangle of grass between buildings and a marina beyond.
Written Jan 12, 2008
Washington, D.C. is diagonally across the Potomac River from Alexandria. Washington's main cash crop is politics. For more details, click on my Washington, DC page.
Written Feb 24, 2003
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial ( a copy of the ancient Pharos) stand on Shooter's Hill in Alexandria. It is 333 feet tall.
Written Jan 18, 2003
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