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Homes collageWhat special day do we celebrate every year in February?  Hint – it’s not Valentines Day!  This special day, or actually two days, hold a place of much greater value in our lives.  These days have great historical significance.

Every year in February we celebrate Presidents Day and in addition, the birthday of George Washington, the first president of the United States.

Since moving to the east coast I have grown to have a deep love of American history.  There is so much here to see and learn of the struggles our forefathers went through to bring this great nation into existence.

Some of the most revealing and interesting of these places are the homes of our founding fathers.  My husband and I have had the pleasure of visiting the homes of the first five presidents of the United States. When you step through their doors you are allowed a small glimpse of the world they lived in. The things that were important to them; the rooms they slept in, ate in and debated the future of this nation in.

If you live in the east and haven’t visited these historical homes, I encourage you to visit them and experience a new appreciation for the men, and the women, that gave so much so we could become the land of the free and home of the brave.

If you don’t live in the east, what a great trip it would be to strategically plan to visit each of these homes on your next summer vacation!

Four of our first five president’s homes are located in Virginia, the fifth home is located in Massachusetts.

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon – Our first president, George Washington’s home is in Virginia on the Potomac River near where it flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the characer of an honest man.  ∼ George Washington

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.  ∼ George Washington

The next 3 homes are located within 20 miles of one another in Albemarle County, Virgina:

Monticello

Monticello – Thomas Jefferson, our third president and author of the Declaration of Independence.  I have to say, this is my favorite of these homes!  It sits on a lovely mountain top outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.       ∼ Thomas Jefferson

In speaking before a gathering of Nobel Prize winners at a White House dinner, President Kennedy made the following  statement.

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.                      ∼ President John F. Kennedy

Montpelier

Montpelier – The home of James Madison, our fourth president, Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights.  The restoration of this home to the 1812 Madison-era was just completed in 2009.

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.   ∼ James Madison

Ash Lawn Highland

Ash Lawn Highland – The second home and beloved farm of James Monroe, our fifth president.  This was his primary residence from 1799-1823.  It is located only 1.5 miles from Monticello.  He also had a home called Oak Hill near Leesburg, VA.  That home remains privately owned today.

Our country may be likened to a new house.  We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all – liberty!      ∼ James Monroe

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Peacefield – John Adams, our second presidents home is located in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.  ∼ John Adams

On July 4, 1826, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams died at Quincy, after speaking the famous last words “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” Unbeknownst to Adams, Thomas Jefferson had died a few hours earlier at Monticello.

If you decide to visit these homes, or to revisit them if that be the case, I can assure you that you will walk away with a greater knowledge and respect for the sacrifices made for this nation to be brought into existence.

So why not skip the amusement park or the beach this year for something historically better!

 

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Peggy Rudd Jones February 22, 2016, 3:15 pm

I have been to some president’s homes but none of these. Too bad for me as I love history also. Not traveling much these days since not a young as we once were. I have been to FDR’s home in Hyde Park. I enjoyed reading about these.

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Teresa February 22, 2016, 9:50 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about them. I hope that you will get the opportunity to visit them one day!

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Lisa at Grandma's Briefs February 22, 2016, 3:53 pm

These sound fabulous. My husband is a huge history nut (big on history; not so much massive in size himself :-D) and would LOVE to visit any or all of these. I’m saving this post for “one day…”!

Thank you for sharing in the GRAND Social! Have a super week!

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Teresa February 22, 2016, 9:49 pm

I hope you do get an opportunity to visit them one day. I think it will be a trip you both will truly enjoy! And you have a super week as well!

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Pamela Shank February 22, 2016, 9:11 pm

Oh wow!! How beautiful. I love historical homes. There is nothing more beautiful..and the way they were built!! You sure do not get that quality and design in modern homes. Beautiful photography on your post.

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Teresa February 22, 2016, 9:37 pm

I agree! I love visiting these homes and experiencing a small part of the way their lives were lived in that time period. Thank you for reading!

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Nina Holappa February 23, 2016, 6:09 am

Beautifully written and very informative. You have the gift Teresa! Great Job!

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Teresa February 23, 2016, 6:43 am

Thank you so much Nina and thank you for reading!

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Kiki Nakita February 25, 2016, 9:38 am

I enjoyed this post.

I am fascinated with preservation so I’m always finding historic homes to visit.

From this list, we’ve been to Monticello and Ash Lawn Highland. We have other trips to Virginia planned in April and May and we’ll be going to see Thomas Jefferson’s summer home, Poplar Forest.

~Kiki~
http://kikinakita.blogspot.com/2014/10/birthday-trip-to-charlottesville.html

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Teresa February 25, 2016, 10:23 pm

Thank you! I’m glad you’ve been able to see a couple of these homes. I haven’t been to Poplar Forest yet either and I plan to go this summer. When I was at Monticello, I didn’t know Poplar Forest existed! Have you been to Williamsburg, VA? If you haven’t, it truly is a must see! Teresa

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Patrick Weseman February 29, 2016, 9:39 pm

Very cool. Thanks for sharing. I need to visit them.

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Teresa February 29, 2016, 9:45 pm

Thanks for reading! They are unique, special homes. I hope you get an opportunity to see them one day.

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