George and Martha Washington along with twenty other family members were originally interred in the old vault, simple brick structure with wooden entrance door hidden off the beaten path in the estate's forest. In accordance with his will, Washington directed the building of a new tomb:
"The family vault at Mount Vernon requiring repairs and being improperly situated besides, I desire that a new one of Brick, and upon a larger Scale, may be built at the foot what is commonly called the Vineyard Inclosure..."
The Washingtons were moved to the New Tomb in 1831.
When we entered the Mount Vernon Estate we were welcomed by ducks walking and relaxing or searching food on a lawn, off the beaten path. Shortly, I got to know that the area I started to visit is mainly green space of farmlands and forests. American species of ducks were bred in Mount Vernon for its meat, eggs and feathers. Duck feathers are both soft and excellent at trapping heat; thus, they were used in upscale bedding, especially pillows, blankets, and mattresses.
As I remember from school, a duck is a common name for both wild and domestic waterfowl of the family which also includes... geese and swans. Confusing? Yes, it is - people never call the last two birds ducks. Strictly speaking, duck refers to the female and drake to the male but most folks use the word duck for both.
After we left Mount Vernon and headed east we decided to stop at Old Towne Alexandria. It was a treat, especially at night, as they have white lights in all the trees along the street. There are many unique little shops and resturants. I highly recommmed a side trip to this quaint little town.