|Janice, Danielle, and Rachel greeted us at the door.|
|I took this photo without the correct filter on.|
|I used my polarizing filter for this shot -- notice the sky is bluer, without the benefit of photoshop.|
Luria forced me into manual setting, and so I actually had to apply aperture and F stops and ISO and white balance and all that scary stuff. He also showed me how to use some of my camera's user-friendly features that I had steadfastly ignored over the years. I fell in love with my camera all over again!
|Detail from the carvings along the stairwell.|
Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights and Virginia's State Constitution, and also provided leadership on Virginia's Committee of Safety during the Revolutionary War. Mason's primary concerns about government, both Virginia's and the new nation's, were aimed at preserving the rights and liberties of individuals above all else. While he wanted a strong nation, he feared giving the government too much power, and for this reason, had become a strict constructionist of the Articles of Confederation. Once again, Mason put on his politician's hat, and he set off for Philadelphia in Spring 1787, where the delegates would "obtain and preserve the important objects for which [the Articles of Confederation] was instituted--the protection Safety & Happiness of the People."
Throughout the Convention's proceedings, Mason participated fully in the deliberations that gradually created the Constitution, making no fewer than 136 speeches on the convention floor. As the hot summer dragged on, he became increasingly alarmed over several aspects of the new government. While he agreed that the government was not functioning effectively under the Articles of Confederation, he wanted to prevent it from having too much power. He believed they could do this by placing most of the powers of government in the House of Representatives, which would be directly elected by the people.
|Detail from the center hallway.|
But I did get a few fun photos -- plus we had three re-enactors who patiently and graciously allowed us to use them as models throughout the afternoon.
|One of the second floor bedrooms.|
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