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Alexandria Historical Society Awards

April 13, 2018

The Alexandria Historical Society will presents the T. Michael Miller Alexandria History Award to a person who has made noteworthy contributions to the preservation of the historic, cultural, and artistic heritage of Alexandria. The awards event is on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Lyceum.

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Firefighting History Walking Tour

April 12, 2018

Come to the Friendship Firehouse Museum on Saturday, April 21, and explore Alexandria’s firefighting history on the “Blazing a Trail:  Alexandria’s Firefighting History” tour. It will be from 1 – 2:30 p.m. and starts at 107 South Alfred Street.

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Third Historic Ship Discovered At Robinson Landing; Public Viewing On April 14

April 11, 2018

The City of Alexandria has announced that archaeologists under contract with developer EYA LLC and working under a City-approved Resource Management Plan have found the remains of a third historic ship at the Robinson Landing construction site in Old Town.

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Upcoming Events In Historic Alexandria

April 6, 2018

April 12, 19, 26 Jane Austen Dance Classes  Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. 7:30-9:30 p.m. In preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on April 28, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Reservations recommended. Tickets are $12 per class or $30 for the series of three and can be purchased on shop.alexandriava.gov

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City Advocacy On Maryland’s “New Nice Bridge” Project Maintains Tall Ship Visits

March 28, 2018

Tall ships will continue to visit Alexandria's shores due to the work of City officials who responded to the initial plans for the development of a new bridge connecting Charles County in Maryland and King George County in Virginia.

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City Of Alexandria Announces New Archaeological Discovery Of Remains Of Two Historic Ships

March 19, 2018

The City of Alexandria today announced that archaeologists under contract with a developer have found the remains of two historic ships at the construction site in Old Town where Robinson Terminal South was previously located. Preliminary evaluation suggests that the ships are likely from the late 1700s or 1800s.

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Old Town Alexandria Historic Garden Week Tour

March 16, 2018

Old Town Alexandria will kick off the Garden Club of Virginia’s 85th Historic Garden Week on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The public tour of stunning historic homes and gardens which is expected to draw an estimated 1,500 garden enthusiasts and tourists on.  The tour is part of the Garden Club of Virginia’s statewide tour of Virginia’s finest historic

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George Washington’s Front Parlor Undergoes A Major Restoration

March 15, 2018

George Washington’s Mount Vernon has embarked upon a major restoration of the Mansion’s front parlor, formerly known as the west parlor– a space that most of the estate’s 1.1 million visitors experience every year.

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“Beyond the Battlefield” Walking Tour Of Alexandria

March 8, 2018

The Lee-Fendall House will offer “Beyond the Battlefield,” a guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town on Saturday, March 24. The tour will begin at 10:00 a.m. outside the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco Street in Old Town.

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Archival Collection Deeded To Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

March 5, 2018

Thanks to the generosity of the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society, an important archival collection will now be preserved at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. The Irwin Family Papers, a collection of 373 items, details the business, shipping, and real estate enterprise of the Irwin family of Alexandria from 1776-1925.

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