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Paul Nasca to Discuss “Lincoln’s War at Washington’s Boyhood Home”

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is offering a free illustrated lecture about historic Ferry Farm on Saturday, February 25, at 10 a.m. Alexandria Archaeologist Paul Nasca will present “Lincoln’s War at Washington’s Boyhood Home,” a Java Jolt lecture co-sponsored by Friends of Alexandria, Alexandria Archaeology Museum and Alexandria Black History Museum.

Nasca’s presentation will bring together archaeological evidence, historic photographs and soldiers’ accounts to tell the story of how, in 1862, the physical and social impacts of war transformed life at Ferry Farm, the plantation where George Washington lived as a youth. He will also explore the experience of the enslaved living at Ferry Farm and their eventual flight to freedom along, with thousands of other Virginia slaves, to contraband camps in Alexandria and the surrounding area.

Nasca spent nearly 10 years as an archaeologist with The George Washington Foundation in Fredericksburg and supervised the large-scale excavations at Ferry Farm in Stafford County. He joined Alexandria Archaeology in 2011.

Reservations are requested, and can be made by emailing or calling 703.746.4399.

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum is located on the third floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union Street, #327, in Old Town Alexandria.

For more information, call the Alexandria Archaeology Museum at 703.746.4399 or visit

Office of Historic Alexandria 

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Lloyd House
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6451

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8 a.m. to 5 p.m.