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A mansion good enough to eat

Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America.

MOUNT VERNON, Va. (CBS/AP) 'Tis the season when the world's top chefs try to outdo one another with confections that look - or smell - too good to eat.

Former White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier is no exception. He's working on a gingerbread replica of George Washington's home on the Potomac, Mount Vernon.

When it's done, the five-foot-wide model will be part of the annual display of Christmas decorations at Mount Vernon, the first president's estate just outside of the nation's capital. The holiday display, which begins Nov. 25 and continues through Jan. 6, also will feature 12 Christmas trees and chocolate-making demonstrations.

Mesnier worked at the White House for 25 years.

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