James Monroe Birthplace and George Washington Birthplace

9/28/14 Sunday in Colonial Beach,VA (Harbor View Campground-TT/OW)

Mass was at a sweet little church built in the 1970’s. The choir was in the back corner, not up in the balcony which is normal when they are in the back.

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We visited the little town of Colonial Beach, enjoying its beach in the warm morning sun.

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On our way home we stopped at the James Monroe Birthplace memorial, created by the DAR.

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We continued on to the George Washington Birthplace. This is a part of the National Park System and much more than what we saw for Monroe. We saw a short movie – he only lived here until he was three, but came to love the land and farming in his ensuing years on land here and nearby. He returned here several times as the land was still owned by family. He spent time going between here, his home at Mount Vernon and Ferry Farm. When his father died the various estates owned by his father were inherited by his half brothers and his mother.

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We dashed home for a quick lunch then went back for further investigations of Washington’s early Colonial Farm  and home.

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This harpsichord has wooden keys, that’s why they’re so dark. I played them some – they actually plucked the hidden strings. So cool! It and the following photos were in the Memorial House. It was built in 1931 as similar to the one George Washington was born in. Later archeologists found that it was not. The foundation above is where the actual house (that burned down completely one Christmas) that he was born in. This Memorial House is more a rendition of a wealthier family than George’s at that time, but it’s in wonderful condition. Beautifully built. The round table under the china is original-from the original house. There is a burial ground of several generations of Washingtons as well, down the road a bit.  Note:  that huge animal is an ox (Lewis).

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Back at home I settled into a nap while John studied his spreadsheets, then I made corn muffins. John made our favorite supper of Chicken a la King. Ah, home sweet home.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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