John M. Ballenger (73363.2157@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 20 Oct 1995 17:12:08 EDT
In Cheryl Singhal's post she mentioned a "Land Survey" at Mt. Vernon.
The Land Survey is a mini-surveying course which is laid out on a grassy
tract adjacent to the mansion (to the South of the mansion I believe). The
staff at Mt. Vernon will provide you with a compass and other supplies. As
best I recollect there is no charge for use of the equipment, but you have to
leave something of value with the staff as collateral while you use their
surveying equipment. Once you complete the course you can purchase a patch at
the gift shop. It is not a Boy Scout patch - it is a Mt. Vernon patch with
surveying equipment embroidered on it.
The course is very much like a small orienteering course, but measurement
of distances is emphasized a little more. The idea is to try out your
surveying skills - remember that George was a surveyor. In fact he surveyed
many of the lots in the old town section of Alexandria. Some of the locals
here say that he was off about two feet when he surveyed the lots in
Alexandria. But since everyone's lot is off by approximatly the same amount
there is seldom any fuss about it.
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