Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We're Ba-a-a-a-a-c-k from DC and the WEDDING

I have much to say about the last six days, but so much that I can't really do it at this moment. Here's a little tidbit about my sister Jane, my niece Julia, and nephew Sam (Samuel ADAM).

From the Gazette (what Gazette I don't know)
Over Mount Vernon, VA …

By George, Mount Vernon family causes a stir at historic presidential site.

The odds of this may be even greater than one in a million:

The 1 millionth visitor to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estates and Gardens historical site in Virginia this year was from Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Actually, three people from Mount Vernon, Iowa — Jane Marshall and her two children, Julia, 13, and Sam, 11, officials at the site said. They walked through the gates of Washington's famed Virginia mansion and burial place at 10:45 a.m. EST Thursday.

"Oh, my gosh!" Jim Rees, executive director of Historic Mount Vernon, exclaimed to other employees after asking the Marshalls who they were and from where they had traveled. "They're from Mount Vernon, Iowa!"

"It was so funny," Emily Coleman Dibella, the site's director of public affairs, said today. "It was such a coincidence."

The Marshalls were greeted by about 50 employees of the site who lined up and threw confetti while a trumpet fanfare was played. A worker dressed in character read a proclamation and presented the Marshalls with a gift basket before the family got a VIP tour.

The Marshalls visited with friends from Chantilly, Va.

Dibella said officials at the historic site were please that people still are traveling to see the site south of Washington, D.C., overlooking the Potomac River, given the slumping economy. "We're just thrilled that people continue to come and are interested in George Washington," she said.

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