The Man Who Changed the World

February 22, 2010

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE WASHINGTON

HAPPY 278th BIRTHDAY to the Man Who Changed the World – General George Washington of Mount Vernon, Virginia, who wrote “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”

George WASHINGTON (1732 – 1799) was born on February 22, 1732, at “Popes Creek,” a home that his father had built in the 1720s in Westmoreland County, Virginia. George Washington was raised there and in King George and Fairfax Counties, Virginia.

George Washington died in his bedroom at Mount Vernon on December 14th, 1799. His will directed that he be buried on the grounds of his beloved estate where he had selected a site for a new brick tomb to replace the original burial vault which was badly weathered and succumbing to the elements. However, the new tomb was not completed until more than thirty years later. It was in 1831, that the earthly remains of George Washington and his beloved consort Martha were removed there. Every day from April through October a wreath laying ceremony is performed by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, at 10 am and 2 pm, at the Tomb of Washington, in tribute to America’s greatest leader.

George Washington, America’s first and greatest president, is one of the four American presidents carved into the granite at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.

A grateful nation remembered its patriot warrior president, George Washington of Mount Vernon, Virginia, by erecting a great obelisk, the Washington Monument, to his memory in their nation’s capital. George Washington’s birthday once was celebrated in this land with great fanfare on February 22nd. Today George Washington’s birthday seems forgotten or remembered only as “Presidents’ Day,” whilst men of lesser importance to our nation’s birth and legacy are accorded a day unto themselves.

George Washington

A good moral character is the first essential in a man.” ~~George Washington

Today, 22 February 2010, few Americans appreciate the indispensable role played by George Washington in the formation of the United States of America. Without General George Washington, there probably would not be a United States of America today. George Washington was America’s First Great General. He was an indispensable leader of the American Revolution. Our forebears described him as First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.

However, not everyone has forgotten the greatness of the man. Today, at his old Virginia plantation home on the Potomac River, General George Washington will be receiving birthday greetings in person, as he did so graciously in olden times. MountVernon.org

The images of George Washington, are copyright by Edna Barney.


Soldier’s Quarters

December 31, 2007

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Revolutionary War Soldier’s Cabin at Mount Vernon Museum, Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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The Washington Tomb

February 17, 2007

Washington Tomb

Tomb Entrance, Mount Vernon, Virginia

George Washington died in his bedroom at Mount Vernon on December 14th, 1799. His will directed that he be buried on the grounds of his beloved estate where he had selected a site for a new brick tomb to replace the original burial vault which was badly weathered and succumbing to the elements. However, the new tomb was not completed until more than thirty years later. It was in 1831, that the earthly remains of George and Martha were removed there. Every day from April through October a wreath laying ceremony is performed at 10 am and 2 pm in tribute to America’s greatest leader.

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Mount Vernon Cake

March 17, 2006

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Someone, somewhere, remembers the legacy of the Washingtons of Mount Vernon, Virginia. In times past, on Christmas Day, visitors to the Mount Vernon estate were offered copies of the original recipe for Martha Washington’s famous cake.

Martha Washington’s Great Cake

(One of Mrs. Washington’s favorite recipes)

Martha's Great Cake (Shown 1/4th Actual Size!)

“Take 40 eggs and divide the whites from the yolks and beat them to a froth. Then work 4 pounds of butter to a cream and put the whites of eggs to it a Spoon full at a time till it is well work’d. Then put 4 pounds of sugar finely powdered to it in the same manner then put in the Yolks of eggs and 5 pounds of flour and 5 pounds of fruit. 2 hours will bake it. Add to it half an ounce of mace and nutmeg half a pint of wine and some fresh brandy.”

Notes: In making the great cake, Mount Vernon’s curatorial staff followed Mrs. Washington’s recipe almost exactly. Where the recipe called for 5 pounds of fruit, without specifying which ones, 2 pounds of raisins, 1 pound of currants, and 2 pounds of apples were used. The wine used was cream sherry. Since no pan large enough was available to hold all the batter, two 14 (inch) layers were made and stacked (note: the original was one single tall layer). The layers were baked in a 350 degree oven for 1.5 hours. Should be iced with a very stiff egg-white based icing, flavored with rosewater or orange-flower water.

The image, Another shot of Liz’s Mount Vernon cake, was originally uploaded by readhd59. It is posted here from Neddy’s flickr favorites.


George Washington Tomb

February 20, 2006

George Washington Tomb
Mount Vernon, Virginia, 22 February 2006

For two centuries after his death, American school children have known George Washington as the “Father of His Country”. When the great First President died in 1799, Congress adopted the eulogy given my his fellow Virginian, Henry Lee: “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” At the dawning of the 21st century the Commanding General of the Continental Army seems to be headed for the dust bin of history. Last year in a poll G.W. ranked about seventh, behind Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The image, George Washington Tomb, was originally uploaded by Edna Barney. It is posted here from Neddy’s flickr favorites.