This Week in Historic Alexandria learn more about the Civil War in Alexandria, through interpretive works of art, and at a lecture exploring the complex causes of the war, join the Easter Bunny for a children’s search for toy-filled Easter eggs in the beautiful gardens of the Lee-Fendall House, or enjoy the many special exhibits and programs 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 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.
Film Gala to launch Alexandria War of 1812 Commemoration: Thursday, April 24 6:30 pm, to benefit American Wounded Warriors and British Help for Heroes foundations.
Enjoy a special screening of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World at Old Town Theatre, 815-1/2 King Street, complete with cocktail reception, exhibition of clothing worn on the film set, and a pre-screening film discussion on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. to mark the launch of the City of Alexandria’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration. 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.
The former African American community known as The Fort 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. A copy of The Fort Heritage Trail Brochure is available online.
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.