Mount Vernon tour By Ad Meskens (Own work) [Copyrighted free use, CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Alexandria Historical Society hosts a special Mt. Vernon tour April 6

A Special Evening With A Special Neighbor

George Washington had many business and personal acquaintances in Alexandria throughout his adult life, and cherished these connections. As a young officer in the Virginia militia, he recruited local troops for the French & Indian War; as a farmer, he shipped tobacco and flour and received merchandise from overseas through Alexandria merchants; he had a vessel built in an Alexandria shipyard; he saw to it that the district surrounding the new Federal capital included Alexandria, when Washington, D.C. was first laid out; and later in life, he celebrated his birthday and other special occasions at Gadsby’s Tavern. Now, the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Historical Society (AHS) invites the public to join them and the AHS membership for a very special evening at Mount Vernon, April 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

“A Neighborly Visit: A Special Evening at Mt. Vernon” will include private after-hours tours of the Mansion, the Distillery and the Grist Mill. The visit to the Distillery includes a rye whiskey tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar for additional evening refreshments. The ticket price for the event is $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for AHS members. The maximum size of our group is 40 people, so get your tickets NOW by visiting the Society’s website.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Flooding In Old Town Alexandria, VA

Richard Schwartz, author of Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States, the first book of an upcoming four volume set covering the hurricane history of the United States, will speak about the history of hurricanes in Alexandria and their characteristics, patterns, and effects. His extensive research will be presented in a Power-point format including seventy-five slides with information, maps, and extensive photographs of the damage in our area from hurricanes.

The lecture is FREE and will be held on Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 PM at The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street. The lecture is a presentation of the Alexandria Historical Society. For more information, call 703.746.4994.


The Alexandria Historical Society presents the 40th annual history awards. These awards are given to individuals who have made major contributions to appreciation of local history.

This year’s honorees include author Steve Vogel for his book Through the Perilous Fight and Mary Ruth Coleman for her role in restoring the Carlyle House, one of the premier historic homes in the region.  Four Alexandria high school students who have demonstrated exceptional interest in history will also be honored. 

The awards will be held at the Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street, starting at 7:30 PM.

For more community events, visit our community events calendar.

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