George Washington's Last July 4th!

George Washington's Last July 4th!
George Washington's Last July 4th!

We’re usually so busy planning the July 4th barbeque or the picnic and deciding if the children are old enough and responsible enough to shoot off a few fireworks, that we don’t stop to think how the 4th was celebrated in the beginning of our independence from England. Actually it wasn’t much different then as now. It’s a day of parades, decorating in red, white and blue, picnics, political speeches, and a lot of oohing and ahhing over brilliant displays of firecrackers exploding in the dark night sky.

On his last 4th of July in the year he died in 1799, George Washington stopped by his favorite tavern, Spring Gardens Tavern, in Alexandria, Virginia, to celebrate the holiday on his way from Washington to his home at Mt. Vernon. In this tavern - now a fabulous residence for sale - our first President dined with friends and military officers and enjoyed thelocal militia parade.

Locals say that this tavern was originally built in 1780. Today, it is a beautiful red brick home with green shutters, a white picket fence, gleaming wood floors and lots of white woodwork, molding and cabinets in the historic Old Town neighborhood. The home is 4,296 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms plus new guest and game rooms that are connected by an enclosed, elevated walkway. Original elements of the home are evident such as parts of the original brick walls and the exposed beams in the kitchen. The house has been brought completely up-to-date with detailed restoration and today's technology.

The home's gardens are extensive and the property is a bit over a half acre, which is hard to find in Old Town. There is a pool, a small pond, extensive landscaping and lots of brick and flagstone paths.

The tavern where George Washington spent his last 4th of July in Old Town Alexandria, now a lovely historic home. Priced at $4.2 million.

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