Delving Into History in Washington DC

Washington, D.C., is the capital of the United States and sits along the Potomac River near Virginia and Maryland, on the country's east coast. Washington, D.C., is not a state, but a federal district created in 1790 as a separate area governed by its own mayor. As the seat of the US government, history cannot be found history and school trips to the city will open a whole new world to eager students. Every visit should take sights such as the Mount Vernon Estate, Arlington House and Ford's Theater.

Mount Vernon Estate – As one of the most popular properties in America, Mount Vernon has been home to the first president (George Washington) for over 40 years. Located along the Potomac River in Northern Virginia, school trips to the property can guide students through the basics of visiting the mansion, 16 original buildings, a blacksmith's shop and a Washington tomb. He will learn about the history and life of a man who is one of America's most important fathers. Students will also get a chance to see what the life of a farmer has looked like in the earliest days of the United States, traveling a few miles down the road to see the working redevelopment of Washington Drive and distilleries.

Arlington House – Located in the Arlington National Cemetery in the George Washington Memorial Park, the Arlington House was once home to the most important figure of the Confederate States, General Robert E. Lee. School trips to this site may explore the home originally built by George Washington Parke Custis as the home and memorial of his famous grandfather, but Lee has become home for more than 30 years. The house was built in 1802 and overlooks the Potomac, across from the National Mall. During the Civil War, it was decided to dedicate the land around Arlington House as a space to Arlington National Cemetery – in part to prevent General Lee from returning to his home after the war.

Ford Theater – All school trips to Washington, DC should take on this most famous landmark: the theater where Abraham Lincoln famously assassinated John Wilkes Booth in 1865. As one of the most visited landmarks in Washington, DC, Ford Theater not only takes care of its historically accurate Lincoln history, but it also produces stage plays and uses the site to promote the ideals of leadership, humanity and wisdom advocated by Abraham Lincoln. 39 ;. With all this, the theater will soon be relegated to the center of learning, focusing on the events in and around that fatal day of April 14, 1865.