Over the next two weeks, get ready for a joyous holiday season in Historic Alexandria. After a delicious turkey, get to bed early to dream about your daylong discounts on all merchandise at the Historic Alexandria Shop at The Lyceum on Black Friday, and to meet special 18th century vendors starting at 6:00 a.m.; then take a break from Old Town shopping (the City is providing free parking all day November 29) at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum Open House; on Mondays, get your grove on with Tavern Toddlers as they celebrate rhythm and music; then proudly wear plaid for one of the South’s top holiday events, the Campagna Center Scottish Walk; or bring the kids to learn a fresh approach to the upcoming Kwanzaa celebrations. Finally, there’s free admission to the Lee-Fendall House in November, and the many special programs and exhibits at Historic Alexandria museums!
Take a break from the fast pace of the season and enjoy the unique charm and history of Old Town at Alexandria’s most popular holiday event. Tour Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Carlyle House, Lee-Fendall House and the Lloyd House by candlelight and enjoy seasonal decorations, entertainment and light refreshments on December 14 and 15, 2013. See more information on venues, times and prices on our website. Tickets can be purchased online from The Alexandria Shop.
Alexandria's Black History is in the news, November 2013. Audrey Davis, the Acting Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, speaks with Ellen Russo on Comcast Newsmakers
about appreciating diversity and the cultural traditions of our nation. News sources report that the acclaimed film "Twelve Years a Slave" has ties to the D.C. area. Northrup was sold into slavery in 1841 through the Washington, D.C. slave dealer James H. Birch. In 1858, after Northrup was again a free man, Birch was co-owner of the Alexandria Slave Pen, now Freedom House Museum. Read the Associated Press article on WTOP
, November 5, 2013, and watch the NBC
News video from November 6, 2013, and see the film at local theaters.
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.
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.
The Alexandria Black History Museum is proud to announce the first book on Alexandria's African American history, African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century.
The book is available for purchase at the Alexandria Black History Museum, the Historic Alexandria Museum Shop located at The Lyceum, and online from The Alexandria Shop
. Proceeds benefit the Museum.
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.