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To see historic towns visit Alexandria, VA, Annapolis, MD, and Colonial Williamsburg. In Alexandra you'll want to explore the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town, the Christ Church with George Washington's pew, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (1774), Robert E Lee's Boyhood Home, the George Washington Masonic Memorial, the Carlyle House, and the Ramsay House Visitor's Center, 221 King Street. If you find yourself feeling a bit grumbly in the tummy, head to Gadsby's Tavern, 138 N Royal St., 703-548-1288.
A visit to Annapolis, MD, just about 30 miles east of D.C. on Highway 50, will give you a chance to visit St. John's College and their Liberty Tree, the French Soldiers Monument, the Charles Carroll House and Gardens, the Slayton House, and the Maynard-Burgess House. Military buffs will want to spend some time visit the U.S. Naval Academy. If you'd rather shop, you'll find lots of neat antique stores downtown, including Adair and Halligan Antiques, and the Benson-Hammond House. Now if you find yourself in need of a little pick me up during all this touring, you'll want to head to the City Dock Cafe, the King of France Tavern, Reynold's Tavern, Pusser's Landing, or Buddy's Crabs & Ribs.
Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA, 703-780-2000, is just sixteen miles south of Washington, and well worth the short drive. Here you will get to tour George and Martha Washington's house, gardens, and visit their tombs. And even if you have visited Mount Vernon in the past, go again and be amazed at the changes. Many additional original buildings like the Overseer's House, Storehouse, and Coach House are now open for viewing and the amazing new Donald W. Reynolds Museum, with its 20+ galleries and theaters will both entertain and educate you. To get the most out of your visit be sure and pay the little extra required for the audio tour, which will add greatly to your knowledge of what you are seeing.
Two other fun day trips will take you to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia and Orange, Virginia. Visiting Harper's Ferry, about 60 miles from Washington, D.C., will give you a chance to visit the John Brown Museum, the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, the Provost Marshall's Office, and the Master Armorer's House. A great place to start your Harper's Ferry exploring is at the Stage Coach Inn on Shenandoah Street, which now houses the visitor's center.
Just about an hour and half away from Washington, D.C., you'll find our 4th president, James Madison's family home, Montpelier, 11407 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station, VA, 22957, 540-672-2728, about 4 miles from Orange, VA. Built in 1760 for President Madison's parents, James and Nelly, this home is still undergoing restorations. As you tour this site you'll see the formal gardens, on going archaeological digs, and the home, which was most recently owned by the duPonts.
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