Join the Office of Historic Alexandria this weekend to celebrate Father’s Day and Juneteenth, the celebration that originally marked the first day of freedom for formerly enslaved people in Texas. The whole family can join in an archaeological dig on Saturday at the Shuter’s Hill site, or celebrate Juneteenth at the Freedom House Museum and the Alexandria Black History Museum. On Father’s Day, fathers get in for free at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary and Gadsby’s Tavern Museums and the whole family is invited for a free visit to Friendship Firehouse

Trivia Nights at Historic Sites
June 15 
Lee-Fendall House Museum
614 Oronoco St.
7-9 p.m.

Staff members at Carlyle House Historic Park and Lee-Fendall House Museum have combined their random nerd knowledge to create bi-weekly trivia nights in the beautiful gardens of Lee-Fendall House. Test your knowledge on all things from pop culture to history!

Trivia nights are $5 a person, which includes 1 drink ticket. Additional drinks available through cash bar. Teams may have up to 6 members on them. Registration slots are first come, first served, so register in advance to save your spot. Trivia will take place rain or shine. The Monday before trivia night tune in to our social media pages for that week’s theme. Ages 21 and over only.

Trivia nights start June 15 and take place every other Friday at 7pm through the end of August (June 15 & 29, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24). Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

Exhibit at Freedom House Museum (Photo credit: Visit Alexandria)

Juneteenth Open Houses
June 16

Freedom House Museum, 1315 Duke St.
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street
1-5 p.m.

In celebration of Juneteenth, the Freedom House Museum and Alexandria Black History Museum are open for free!  Learn about freedom and emancipation for African Americans in Alexandria. 

During the open houses, meet Sharon Frazier and Linwood Smith, creators of the dollhouses now on view at the Alexandria Black History Museum. Visitors to the Freedom House will have the opportunity to talk with local historians about the museum and its role in the domestic slave trade.  Guests will also get the chance to learn about a new Alexandria Civil War discovery. 

Family Dig Day Alexandria Archaeology Program
June 16 

Shuter’s Hill at the George Washington Masonic Memorial
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Assist Alexandria Archaeology at a public dig!  The dig day includes an introduction to the history and archaeology of the Shuter’s Hill Site, a site tour, and the opportunity to sift through excavated soil and assist with artifact processing.  $10 donation and pre-registration is required: Alexandriava.gov/Shop.

Friendship Firehouse tours (Courtesy Photo)

June 17 Father’s Day Open House
Friendship Firehouse Museum 
1-4 p.m.

The Friendship Firehouse Museum is free for fathers and their families on Father’s Day. The firehouse photographer will be on duty, so dads can take home a complimentary photograph. Come have a family portrait taken with the historic equipment that fought fires in early 19th – century Alexandria.  See the locally-made hose reel, and find out about artifacts such as hose, buckets and axes. Free fire hats for children. Free admission! For more information, visit alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.3891.

Father’s Day Open House
June 17 

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St.
1-4:45 p.m.
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum is pleased to offer free tours on Father’s Day for all visiting fathers!

Father’s Day Open House
June 17 

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street .
1-4:45 p.m.
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is pleased to offer free admission on Father’s Day for all visiting fathers.  Go through the museum at your own pace or join a guided tour at 1 or 3 p.m.  New hands-on items throughout the museum make this a great stop for families!

Free Father’s Day Tours
June 17 

Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St.
1-4 p.m.
Dads and grandpas receive free tours of the Lee-Fendall House Museum in honor of Father’s Day! Lawn games will be set up in the garden to play with throughout the afternoon.

Hamilton Summer Tour: BFF and Frenemies 
June 23 
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street
Hamilton’s world emerges through the rooms of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.  Hear about Hamilton's "BFF's and Frenemies" who all came to the tavern—Washington, Lafayette, Jefferson, Madison, and Burr—alongside stories from enslaved men and women working at the tavern, like Candas and Moses.  Grapple with the realities of early America and how these stories intertwined to start a new nation.  This special tour is offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. through Labor Day Weekend.  $12 per person, $10 GTMS/Volunteers.  Guarantee your spot by purchasing tickets in advance https://shop.alexandriava.gov. 

Tours with Future Historians 
June 24 through Labor Day Weekend 
Meet the Junior Docents of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, students grades 4 and older, who will be on hand to share highlights of the tavern and answer questions as guests journey through the museum.  These budding historians will be on hand Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. throughout the summer. Great for families as children connect with the building through their peer tour guides and for adults looking for some inspiration! Included in regular admission: $5 adults ($4 with AAA), $3 children ages 5 to 12, and 4 and under are free.  

June 24 Apothecary Geek Tour: Pharmacy Nerds
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 S. Fairfax St.
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Spend more time touring the Apothecary Museum with a museum volunteer who is also a pharmacist. The tour guide will focus on the historic medicinal ingredients that are still used today in modern medicine while also touching upon the Stabler and Leadbeater family and business history. This tour is great for first time and return visitors. Tour is from 11 a.m. to noon and costs $15 per person; tour is recommended for adults only.  Advance purchase is recommended due to limited space; pre-order tickets online at shop.alexandriava.gov or by calling 703.746.3852.