This Weeks in Historic Alexandria meet a Civil War era Santa, celebrate the holidays by candlelight, get your groove on with your favorite toddler, or take a break from shopping by visiting one of the many exhibits at your Historic Alexandria museums!
Visit the Historic Alexandria Museum Store at The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum, 201 N. S. Washington Street, for great Historic Alexandria products. The shop offers great gift ideas, a wide variety of Alexandria-related merchandise and the very best selections from all the Historic Alexandria museum stores. Your purchases support programming at Historic Alexandria's museums.
The 2013 Historic Alexandria Ornament is now available in all of the Historic Alexandria museum shops, the Ramsay House Visitors Center, and online at The Alexandria Store, for $18. The Lyceum ornament is the third in the Series honoring the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
Free parking on our lot while visiting the Store and Museum.
Witness to war and reunion, Alexandria's place in Civil War history is truly unique and to help tell the story of the City's Civil War past, the Office of Historic Alexandria is holding many special events and exhibitions throughout the Sesquicentennial, Download the new Civil War iPhone app, check out the Calendar of Events for the latest information, visit Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, explore Alexandria's Civil Defenses of Washington by bike, and find out about the Contrabands and Freedmen's Cemetery. To learn about Alexandria during the Civil War, Witness to War and Reunion brings together historic resources, including First Person Accounts, that provide some insight into the War and its effect on Alexandria and its inhabitants.
The War of 1812 and the five-day occupation of Alexandria by British forces in 1814, had a profound effect on the town and its economy. Threatened with an invasion and with insufficient forces to defend the city, Alexandria’s Common Council surrendered to the British without resistance. The city avoided being burned, but the was required to surrender contents of stores and warehouses. Learn more about how the War and occupation affected Alexandria, and view some artifacts from the Historic Alexandria collections. Learn about the war and occupation, and find out about Bicentennial commemorations.
Explore Alexandria's Civil War heritage with a free iPHone app, find out about an array of historic and cultural attractions, go on a scavenger hunt, and walk or bike a part of the Alexandria Heritage Trail.
Construction of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial
has been proceeding during 2013, but a major problem beyond the control of both the City and the contractor has developed with the stone panels to be used on the walls of the memorial. Unfortunately, the vein of natural stone now being extracted from the selected quarry in Colorado has varied significantly, and the broad range in the palette of mismatched panels delivered to the site for installation was deemed unacceptable. Natural stone for memorials and monuments needs to appear nearly perfect, as the stone will be visible for the ages. Unfortunately, it does not appear that the memorial will be completed by the tentative dedication date of Saturday, March 8, 2014. Therefore, we regret to announce that the dedication date for the memorial will be further delayed until a guaranteed completion date can be determined.
Make your child's birthday a historic occasion, with a party at one of several historic museums in Alexandria, including the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, the Friendship Firehouse, and Gadsby's Tavern.