President Ulysses S. Grant was stationed at the Jefferson Barracks when he visited the Dents at White Haven. (His friend from West Point's family.) There he met Julia. Who he persuades to marry him. She said that she preferred to be engaged and he decided that was enough. Then he was sent out for four years where upon his return Julia still wanted to marry him and so they did. Ulysses did not spend much time here, but Julia did, 3 of their children were born here. Their families did not like the match. He being from the North and anti-slavery and she being from the South and had slaves. His family treated poor Julia abominably when she was around. After the death of her Mother and the failing health of her Father, Ulysses bought White Haven with the hope of raising race horses there. However he was elected for a second term in office as President and so he never came back to White Haven. Interesting side note, the green paint has Arsenic in it to achieve the color! Here Lizzy has located the washing machine:
It's the seasons of holidays and family get togethers. We had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with my sister. And her famous Christmas Cookie Exchange! It was fun and small, but we had a blast. We played a few games and had Italian sodas. Yum! Christmas eve we made cookies and went caroling in the rain. I love Washington! I find less and less people venture out to carol each year, but it is a favorite tradition of mine. We go 2 or 3 times in the month and everyone loves it. I love seeing the people's faces light up when they realize we are caroling! Last year we added a few more houses and one lady about cried she was so happy to get carolers. She hadn't had anyone come by in years. We made sure to keep her on the permanent list.
But I digress, After caroling we put the kids to bed and finished the last minute wrapping. This is fun too. Christmas was on Sunday so we went to church before opening any presents. It was hard on the kids, but it made for a smooth morning.…
On Friday we visited the Pearson air museum. I had always wanted to go, and now was the time. It was so fun. We had the place to ourselves and we took full advantage. Later while the kids played at the park, Jessica, Charly, Charles and I went to tour the Marshal house. It was fun.