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Vintage photos of:
The view from the veranda of Mount Vernon, restored to resemble its condition at the time of George Washington's residency. Photographer Frank Burch was facing the southwest as he took this image in 1952, perhaps in mid-March? While in this image it blends seamlessly with the overcast, the Potomac River meanders across the horizon. View full size.