The week in Historic Alexandria, end your Star-Spangled Summer with a blow-out week of War of 1812 events commemorating Alexandria’s surrender to British forces in August 1814. Spend Labor Day relaxing after days and nights of Vintage films, special challenges, ceremonies and a day-long festival at Waterfront Park. All this, and many other programs and exhibits at our City’s great museums!
Visit the Historic Alexandria Museum Store at The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum, 201 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. Many items, and tickets to Historic Alexandria events, are also available online at The Alexandria Shop.
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, view
objects from the Historic Alexandria collections, and commemorate
the Bicentennial with a series of events. Download a flyer for our War of 1812 Lecture Series
. The Signature Event, a History Festival in Waterfront Park, takes place Sunday, August 31, 12 noon to 5 pm.
Dedication Ceremony, Saturday September 6, 2014
Contrabands & Freedmen Cemetery Memorial Celebration Events, Sept. 3-7
Construction of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial has been proceeding steadily, and the project is almost completed, with only some minor replacements of trees and shrubs to go. The grass on the site is now growing thick and should be in perfect shape by the time of the September 6 dedication ceremony. All stone and artwork has been installed and inspirational inscriptions have been etched in stone blocks and bronze panels as necessary. Explore photo galleries from February and May 2014, and read more about the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial history, archaeology of the site, and commemoration ceremonies. Watch three short videos on Comcast Newsmakers, of interviews with Char McCargo Bah, Audrey Davis and Francine Bromberg.
Visit Fort Ward Park to see new historic signage highlighting the post-Civil War African American community known as The Fort. A copy of The Fort Heritage Trail Brochure is available online. This community is the focus of an effort by the Office of Historic Alexandria to study and preserve the post-Civil War historic resources of Fort Ward Park. Archaeological excavations in the park, historical research, and oral histories highlight our growing knowledge of this community. Learn about the Stakeholder Advisory Group, and about archaeological and historical research, including reports on excavations, transcriptions of oral history interviews with former residents.
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.
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.
You can also schedule tours and programs at all of the Historic Alexandria Museums for school groups, scout groups, homeschool families, and camps, as well as for adults.