Sunday, September 23, 2007

#243 George's barn

Kelly has long wanted to see George Washington's barn. Haven't you?

Washington's farm site stretches over four acres, just a few minutes from his mansion at Mount Vernon, adjacent to the Potomac River.

But how do you get there? If only I was touring Mount Vernon with a couple of GIS specialists and map readers extraordinaire!
Kelly and Chris succeeded - I knew they would - in navigating us to the 16-sided barn where horses were used to tread wheat. In addition to his other 18th-century responsibilities, Washington was a farmer. He experimented with crop rotation, fertilizers, and plowing practices, and was among the first to abandon tobacco production in favor of wheat.
Yours in barn visiting (barn hopping?),

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