Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Washington DC with some Bay Staters. One afternoon was spent at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. We got a tour through the house (no photos allowed) and wandered around the grounds where we saw the lower garden, the wharf on the Potomac, a horse barn, a slave cabin and Washington's tomb. We also toured the museum where George's dentures are displayed (no photos allowed).
Yes, that is a cherry tree in the middle photo. The garden had a variety of fruit trees shaped to grow low to the ground. The giant tulip poplar was planted by Washington himself in 1785.
Did you know that after the revolution George operated one of the largest distilleries in the new country?
The Humpback Bridge was a serendipitous find in western Virginia. I wanted to stretch my legs and check the map when I saw a sign listing the bridge as an attraction at the upcoming exit off I-64. Wikipedia has more information about the Humpback Bridge than anyone ever needs to know. The Virginia tourism website says it's the "Only single span 100 foot wooden arched covered bridge in VA, maybe the U.S." which is something, I guess. One thing Wikipedia doesn't mention is that the bridge is a favorite place to leave "we was here" graffiti.