A FIELD TRIP TO THE GEORGE WASHINGTON FEDERAL HOUSE
IN ORANGE COUNTY!
On two separate occasions, I have led field trips to visit the unofficial George Washington Federal House in Orange County. I say unofficial, because in reality it is a small building housed on the private estate of Rev. Gary Beard, dedicated to the history and persona of our nation’s first President, George Washington.
No name or date better symbolizes the spirit of America than “Washington 1776.” Rev. Gary Beard believes that in the 21st century, we are slowly losing a sense of the dynamic behind the man who inspired and won the battle for independence and the date that separated tyranny from freedom.
For 30 years, Rev. Gary Beard has portrayed George Washington in hundreds of classrooms, assemblies and churches throughout Southern California. He has appeared at the Nixon Presidential Library each President’s Day and Fourth of July for the last 14 years and is the official George Washington at all San Bernardino’s bicentennial events.
During the tour, “George Washington” presented us with a performance and tour of his hands-on exhibit of historical artifacts including currency, stamps, and a first-edition book containing the actual story of the cherry tree.
The students were able to dress in period clothing with authentic hats, drums and powder horns while parents looked at a real colonial kitchen.
Rev. Gary Beard is also available to portray the living history of George Washington at school and community events throughout the area.
Some Topics for presentation include:
- Mt. Vernon Love Story — The wedding of Nellie Custis granddaughter of the Washingtons.
- Battles of the Revolution — A historical reenactment of at least 5 battles that Washington commanded.
- Commander in Chief — The resolve and integrity of the general.“The Faith of our Founding Father” — A 30 year look at the faith of George Washington.
- The First Inauguration — The first day of the first administration.
- Martha the Mother — Martha — the single mother — the adoption of her baby grandchildren — the winter visitor to the troops.
- The Firsts of our First President — Traditions that have lasted from; “so help me God” to the purple heart.
- Washington 1776 — The destitute nature of the army of “76” and historic crossing of the Delaware.
A few tips when planning a field trip to The George Washington Museum:
- Rev. Gary Beard can take up to two weeks to respond to your request to set up a field trip, because he travels often.
- Rev. Gary Beard’s museum operates on a donation basis. Therefore, please make a donation after your tour to thank him for his time and service.
- The museum can accommodate up to approximately 15 people comfortably at a time.
- Please watch your children closely while in the museum.
- This field trip is appropriate for children ages 8 years old and up.
To schedule your own field trip to visit The George Washington Museum and for booking information, please visit www.washington1776.com
Happy Field Tripping,
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. All opinions are our own.