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    JEK is offline
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    George Washington's Mount Vernon

    The Camp King Campers spent a delightful day touring the mansion, grounds and even fishing in the Potomac. Nice to see toruisim increasing in DC and especially Mount Vernon.

    Came across this Washington anecdote in my emails today

    Washington Anecdote


    James Hosmer Penniman was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1931, after a lifetime as an educator, author, philanthropist, and champion of George Washington. Though largely forgotten today, he lived a remarkable life. He endowed libraries at three Ivy League institutions (Brown, Penn, and Yale). He wrote textbooks for education, historical treatises, and childrenís books. There is a glacier in Alaska named for him. And, for the last two decades of his life, he wrote and published as widely as possible about George Washington, hoping, as he put it, "to set a higher standard for American patriotism." He wrote and published some of these works for the Mount Vernon Ladiesí Association, and several of his sketches of Washington reside in the MVLA Archives.

    While the bar is very high for the most memorable and poetic praise of Washington, Pennimanís closing lines in his 1918 work, George Washington as a Man of Letters,deserve at the very least honorable mention:

    "Virtue with him was no abstract quality. It lived and breathed in his every act, so that, though he has given us a record of his life with perhaps unequaled minuteness, there is no word which he or we would wish to have blotted out. Washington has demonstrated that manís business here is to know for the sake of living rather than to live for the sake of knowing. His principal legacy is not the thousands of pages he has written but himself. Englandís greatest contribution to the civilization of the world is the works of Shakespeare; Americaís is the character of Washington."EF29AE07-92DC-4923-9AAF-F45DA39E776F 9.40.26 AM.jpeg

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    Wonderful. I am certain this visit will be long remembered.

    I recently read Ron Chernow’s WASHINGTON A LIFE and agree that our first president accomplished much and along with the other founding fathers launched a fabulous new nation with wonderful ideals.
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    You’re family is lovely, John, and your post brought forth my own memories of visiting Mount Vernon with my family. It’s a special place indeed. So glad that many of our National historical sites are available to visit, once again.

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    Family album memories, John!

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    You were in my neighborhood.
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    Re: George Washington's Mount Vernon

    What is the duration of Camp King?
    seems like several weeks!
    We just completed our two week family camp in northern Michigan! Our grandsons said ‘best ever!’

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    My great Uncle Preston took me to Mount Vernon 50+ years ago on a whirlwind visit I made to DC to visit him, also to the National Cathedral, White House, in his 90+ years, visiting all 50 states too. Lived in Nanjemoy on the Potomac. Fond memories of my visit, also to Arlington Cemetery where my uncle killed in WWII was buried, also his other nephew, both young men, 1 Army, the other Navy, cousins.
    Camp King fun !

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    Fresh fish!
    None of that stuff from a barrell for the campers!

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    One million pounds a year he harvested, barreled and sold!
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