May He Rest in Peace

As a follow-up to yesterday’s blog post about Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home, I wanted to post this photo today of his resting place.

Mt. Vernon, for those who’ve not been there, is in a beautiful country-side setting.  Much of the plantation has been preserved and maintained in marvelous condition.  You can walk down to a farm that is much like it was in George’s day complete with yoked oxen and a building George invented for grinding out the grain.  (Did you know George was an inventor?)

Walking down the hillside from one end of the housing area, you come to the tombs of Martha and George, who lie in rest in a sepulchre that is blocked off by iron bars from the public.  You will most likely have to wait in line for a while to actually get to look into the crypt, but for me it was worth it.  It is in a beautiful area of the property, mostly shady, surrounded by trees with a hill behind the crypt that runs up toward the home.  I feel sure that George would have been happy with the location…and Martha, too.  They’ve laid side by side now for many, many years, resting after lives well lived.

The sarcophagus of George Washington at Mt. Vernon, VA

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1869, William Semple of Mt. Vernon (what a co-incidence!), Ohio, patented a combination of a rubbery substance with other items and it became known as chewing gum.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the New Year celebration is the oldest holiday celebration in the world.  It was practiced by the Babylonians as far back as 4000 BC, though in around 2000 BC they began to observe it on March 23 (though they had no written calendar at all of their own).

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