River Farm is a lovely 1750s-built house and surrounding land purchased by George Washington when he lived in nearby Mount Vernon. The home is small but elegant and has been beautifully maintained by the American Horticultural Society, who now uses it as their headquarters.
The building and grounds are in use nearly every weekend for special events such as weddings, but you can tour it for free (donations suggested) weekdays 9-5 and during April - Sept. on Saturdays 9-1.
Don't miss the walk down to the river's edge. There are a few signs along the way explaining the plants and wildlife and just before you get to the water, the bench under the tall old trees absolutely begs you to sit and listen to the water lap against the shore. Back up at the house, there's also a very lovely garden to the left as you walk out the back door onto the patio.
There's such a lovely quiet calm about this place that you can feel what it might have been like to live there in the days of George Washington.
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