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** 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)

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