WHAT’S NEW IN HISTORIC
For the first time in over two hundred years, the front façade at Lloyd
House will be illuminated at night, making the property safer for evening
meetings and events, and to showcase one of the city’s best examples of
Georgian architecture at night. Historically,
the building never had exterior lighting fixtures on the front, and to maintain
authenticity and the historic building fabric, the decision was made long ago
made to not add such lighting. But after
a recent experiment to up-light the building from the sidewalk level, it was
decided to move forward with dual fixtures
directly on the sidewalk, hidden behind the projecting risers of the lower
steps at the entry to “wash” the building and its elegant pedimented doorway. The
project, funded by the City, is part of a larger effort to convert incandescent
lighting at Lloyd House to LED technology.
THIS WEEK IN ALEXANDRIA HISTORY
On October 16, 1824, the beloved Marquis de Lafayette arrived in Alexandria for an extended visit during his “Grand Tour of America,” one of the social high points in history of the young nation he had so fervently fought for. The Alexandria Gazette of
October 19, 1824, vividly described his entrance to the city:
twelve and one o'clock General LaFayette entered the line from the Potomac
Bridge, under a salute of artillery from Capt. Williams's company. Here he was
met by General Walter Jones and suite.... LaFayette then entered a splendid
barouche, drawn by four fine greys, [and escorted to Alexandria].... The
procession entered the town through Columbus Street, went through a part of
King into Fayette...to Washington Street. During the passage of the procession,
the windows of the houses were filled with ladies, who, as they waved their
handkerchiefs, told the General that he was welcome.... About three o'clock,
Gen. LaFayette, accompanied by the residue of the procession, passed through
the Grand Arch under a national salute of 24 guns.
LaFayette had been conducted through the Arch, he passed the line of troops in
King Street who were at presented arms. On his arrival at Royal Street, an
impressive ceremony occurred which, in sublimity and moral effect, surpasses
all: one hundred young girls and one hundred boys from seven to twelve years of
age were arrayed in lines extending to the Reception room.... In the reception
room [at Clagett's Tavern] the General was met by [Mayor Roberts] who spoke as
follows: "In behalf of the Common council and my fellow citizens, I have
the honor to bid you a cordial and affectionate welcome to the town of
Alexandria." When the ceremony was concluded the Mayor and General Jones
conducted him to the house which had been secured for his accommodations at 301
South St. Asaph Street.
ON SALE NOW
The historic Lee-Fendall House Museum will offer its First Annual “Halloween Pumpkin Hunt” at 5:30 p.m. on October 24 and 25. Alexandria’s ghosts and goblins will fill the museum’s garden with hundreds of colorful toy-filled Halloween pumpkins for local
children to discover. Other activities include crafts, refreshments, spooky stories, and a costume parade. Every participating child will receive a toy pumpkin! For tickets and more information on this exciting new event click
On October 19, 1864, at the end of the months long “Valley Campaign” in the Shenandoah region, the two engagements of the Battle of Cedar Creek ultimately cemented public support of President Abraham Lincoln several weeks later. The battle began in the morning, when troops
of Confederate General Jubal Early, pursuing those of Union cavalry commander Philip Sheridan, came upon and quashed a troop of Union soldiers. But Early’s men, deprived of food and supplies by the implementation of Sheridan’s ruthless ”scorched earth” policy
felt throughout the region, left their ranks and began to pillage the Union camp.
In a surprise rout, Sheridan heard of the melee and quickly turned from his path in Winchester to confront Early’s forces, causing “Old Jube” to lose all the gains that had been won earlier. The action, combined with Sherman’s concurrent “March to the Sea” in
Georgia, provided a much need boost to Lincoln’s political campaign in the war-weary Union, and secured his reelection.
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