This week in Historic Alexandria, attend a new museum exhibit opening reception, hear the heartfelt tales of a "southern storyteller", learn about the Civil War, Women's History and the art of swordplay, enjoy an interactive tea with one of Alexandria's early 20th century preservationists, join with your children in special programs on the art of still life and foods, or simply take in an exhibit at one of 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 Store.
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.
Tentative dedication date moved to Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Construction of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial has been proceeding, and stonework for the Memorial walls, walkways and entry gate has now been completed. Explore photo galleries of the construction, and read more about the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial history, archaeology of the site, and commemoration ceremonies.
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.