`Holidays at Mount Vernon'

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December 31, 2006|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Reporter

See the grand home of George and Martha Washington decoratively adorned for the holidays, now through Saturday. The Washingtons' Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia, gussied up for an early-American-style Christmas, is hosting its "Holidays at Mount Vernon" event.

Visitors will see an elaborate holiday dinner, including Martha Washington's Great Cake, set out in the family dining room. And on display in the kitchen will be her Christmas Pye, a dish made by stuffing a pigeon inside a partridge inside a goose inside a turkey.

Visitors can also tour other rooms in the house, including areas of the rarely seen third floor, such as Martha Washington's garret chamber, where she lived after George died. Outside, people can see the decorated exterior of the mansion and have cider and cookies.

The Mount Vernon Estate, 3200 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon, Va., will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Saturday. Admission to "Holidays at Mount Vernon" is included in regular estate admission, which is $13; $6 ages 6-11 and free for ages younger than 6. Call 703-780-2000 or go to mountvernon.org.

[LORI SEARS]

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