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Travel South Planner 2017

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31 W W W . T R A V E L S O U T H U S A . C O M selves had invited them over for a Christmas evening celebration, with live music, glittering decor and costumed actors. "You can put your hand on the banister that George Washingon touched," said Melissa Wood, di- rector of media relations at Mount Vernon. "I get chills every time." One thing that surprises many guests is the lack of Christ- mas trees, but the estate holds true to history; Christmas trees are a Germanic tradition that did not transfer to American culture until the 1900s. The tour begins in the kitch- en, where the Washingtons' cook busily prepares dinner. Later, visi- tors might run into Martha and the valet in the hallway discuss- ing plans for upcoming holiday gatherings. The characters act as walking biographies of 18th-cen- Cour tesy Music City Roots A LIVELY EVENING AT MUSIC CITY ROOTS

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