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The Tomb on Washington's Estate

The Tomb on Washington's Estate

The Tomb on Washington's Estate

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Every year many of the world’s population go on vacation. The trips are usually beaches or visits to amusement parks, but I have been given the opportunity to take different trips.  I have visited the gravesites and houses of George Washington and Benjamin Harrison. Although my trips differ, I believe they provide me with the history of the United States.

My 8th grade class took a trip to Mount Vernon, Virginia, in 8th grade. That day we saw the grave and home of the United State’s first President, and I was provided with an understanding of the 18th century. Filled with graves, Mount Vernon contains more than the body of George Washington. The tombs contain the bodies of many immediate family members and the enslaved people. Wealthy people at this time were buried at their estate along with the bodies of their slaves. Although the graves taught me about their burials, the house brought me into the 1700’s the best.

Most of the house was preserved or restored, and the items were able to represent the house and bring it to life. Stepping into the home, individuals will realize the times have changed in the past 300+ years. Life today is hard to picture without electricity and phones, and the home shows they had little free time. They spent most of their time working on the estate to provide for themselves. Today, we can visit the supermarket and pick up almost anything we can imagine. Personally, I loved the history of George Washington’s estate, and I also thought Benjamin Harrison’s home was interesting.

Harrison’s home includes a huge percentage of original pieces. The house told a different story than the home of Washington. The 23rd president enjoyed a much taller home, and he had the luxury of electricity. The tour guide stated the family had electricity installed after their term in the White House, but they still were hesitant to flip the lightswitch. Since lights are a fixture in our homes of today, I thought the idea of being afraid to use a lights which was funny.  I touch light switches daily and think nothing of it. I don’t think I could go a day without touching one. Only the servants would turn of the lights before bed before the Harrisons. Although the tour of the home was interesting, his grave was filled with history.

He is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, and he is buried next to both of his late wives. One of which was the niece of his first wife who was 25 years younger. Harrison’s kids refused to accept the new marriage between them and never accepted it up until his death. I think the new marriage was ironic because I bet his first wife would have never approved of the new marriage. She probably would have thought it was wrong to marry someone already related to her. On all of the graves people placed coins, and I am researched why people do it. The most famous was for good luck, and to show they visited the grave. The money is usually collected for the cemetery and the burial of veterans.

Although I have only visited the graves and homes of two presidents, I have learned vast amounts of history from each. Also, I encourage everyone to visit at least one for the sake of history. The tours teach lessons no book can teach. I can visit a home, and I can picture myself in the time period

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2 Responses to “Not a Normal Field Trip”

  1. Jordan Henry on November 15th, 2017 8:22 am

    I found your article very interesting and informational. The bit about them being afraid to use the light switches was intriguing. Good job.

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  2. Dixon M Collins on November 15th, 2017 2:42 pm

    It sounds like you had a great, but interesting trip. I have never visited the home of the first President, but I would definitely like to. Great article!

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Not a Normal Field Trip