Today all five of us (Betty, Bob, Linda Tom and Ruth) went to Mt Vernon, George Washington's home on the Potomac River in what is now a suburb of Washington, DC but where he owned 8,000 acres which he very much enjoyed farming and where he experimented with farming techniques, farming implements and different crops. He was often away serving his country, in the War of Independence, at various congress meetings and for 8 years as the first President of the United States. He extended the home he inherited from his half brother until it had about 10 bedrooms - which they needed after he retired as he is quoted as writing one afternoon that he and his wife Martha were about to dine alone for the first time in 20 years. People were always visiting them and they had two grandchildren living with them after the children's father, Martha's son, died at Yorktown in the last major fight in the War of Independence. It is a very well-kept estate. We were fortunate that the weather was threatening as we assume that kept the hordes away and we didn't have to wait long for a tour of the main house. Even though the weather was inclement it only rained for a short time as we left.