As long as I have lived in the D.C. Area, it astonishes me to discover new places to visit that I really did not realize were there. This week the new place for me was River Farm in Alexandria, Va. River Farm is located between Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon off the George Washington Memorial Parkway, it is home to the non-profit American Horticultural Society. Please see more photos and text below
Please look for more about this wonderful location in later posts but today’s photos are of gates that used to be at The White House that are now located on the River Farm grounds.
The AHS’s website says the following about the gates : “These gates were first installed at the White House in 1819, as part of the reconstruction project to repair damage from the War of 1812. They stood for more than 120 years at the northeast entrance to the White House before being removed during a renovation project. The gates found a second home on the River Farm property and remained in relative obscurity for more than 50 years. In 2004, the Society undertook restoration and conservation of the gates to return them to their original splendor.”
These historic White House gates are not structures you would expect to see at your run of the mill garden but River Farm is anything but run of the mill!
Below are more photos of the gates including one that includes the entire set of gates.