220px-Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800

Your guide today is Thomas Jefferson.

Day 7: Annapolis - Mount Vernon - Williamsburg, VA

After breakfast we cross the Chesapeake Bay and follow General Washington’s route as a civilian to his home, Mount Vernon, Virginia. This is the estate that Washington called home for more than 40 years.  He with his wife Martha Washington lived in the now most popular historic estate in America and the last reminder of the life and legacy of the Father of Our Country. Visit more than a dozen original structures, Washington's Tomb, 50 acres of plantation, working blacksmith shop, slave cabin and Washington's own invention of a 16 sided threshing barn among other interesting features of his home. Get inside Washington’s private life as we study colonial morals and visit the galleries that display original artifacts like the General's dentures which were made from many materials but never wood. The Educational Center showcases the painstaking research that culminated in the three most accurate likenesses of George Washington throughout his life as well as a realistic movie depicting the main battles of the General featuring chairs that rumble from canon fire and snow that fell during the daring crossing of the Delaware River.

Enjoy free time for lunch at Mount Vernon’s Food court or try the peanut soup at the Mount Vernon Inn. Lunch on own. Afterwards we continue in the footsteps of Washington to Colonial Williamsburg where the General started his political career as a member of the House of Burgesses. History is alive as we walk down the same streets, dine in the same famous taverns and frequent the same shops as Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Payton Randolph to name a few. Who knows, we may even meet some of them as we enjoy our evening tavern meal and living history night program. Overnight in Williamsburg (B,D).   



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