** FILE ** The town crier, played by volunteer Stephen Fahy, prepares to shout out to announce a group of visitors during "Christmas at Mount Vernon" at Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Va, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

** FILE ** The town crier, played by volunteer Stephen Fahy, prepares to shout out to announce a group of visitors during "Christmas at Mount Vernon" at Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Va, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)