George Washington cuts a fine figure

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MOUNT VERNON, Va. — Forget what you think George Washington looked like — that familiar face on the dollar bill — because he didn't. In fact, the Father of Our Country was not always well served by his portraitists (or his dentists).

This becomes all the more apparent after a visit to the new Mount Vernon museum and visitors' orientation center, which opens Oct. 27 at the first president's 18th-century estate in the Virginia countryside south of the national capital named for him. It's the first major expansion of Mount Vernon in more than 140 years.

Now, thanks to the latest techniques in forensic reconstructions, visitors can see what Washington actually looked like: a flesh-and-blood man — tall, vigorous, good-looking and, dare we say, sexy. Who knew?

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