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)

2016 Mount Vernon Patriot Run (Courtesy photo)

Registration Now Open for the George Washington Patriot Run 5K/10K Race

Dash through history during the George Washington Patriot Run, a road race to enter the historic property at George Washington’s Mount Vernon! On Sunday, September 10, the George Washington Patriot Run will host thousands of runners for its 5K and 10K races beginning at 8 a.m. This spectacular road race will take runners up the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway. Return down the Parkway and trace Washington’s footsteps through the historic area at Mount Vernon. Cross the finish line with the beautiful Mansion in view! Patriot Run participants can take a finisher photo with General Washington. Runners will receive a post-race drink ticket.


Final Stretch

Road Closures THIS Sunday Morning for 32nd GW Parkway Classic

If you’re heading around town this Sunday and especially south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia toward Mount Vernon, you may want to wait a while. The 32nd annual GW Parkway Classic runs from Alexandria to Mount Vernon on Sunday morning April 24, 2016.

In Eisenhower East, you will see some activity as well along eastbound Eisenhower Avenue as parking is provided at the USPTO East Parking garage. Shuttle buses are running from Eisenhower Avenue down to the starting line of the race.

Expect delays due to the road closures and plan extra time for travel.

Here are the road closures for the race from Alexandria Police Department (APD):

Closed from 6-10:30 AM:

  • GW Parkway, between Mount Vernon Estate and the Alexandria City line
  • The Church Street ramp from the inner loop
  • Only local traffic will be allowed on South Washington Street between Gibbon and South Alfred Streets. Both southbound and northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction and diverted to the normal southbound lanes.

Closed from 7-10:30AM:

  • Franklin Street from Washington Street to Union Street
  • Union Street

Other traffic issues:

  • Residents of Porto Vecchio and Hunting Point on the Potomac will only be allowed to enter Washington Street during breaks in the race.
  • Pendleton Street between Fairfax and Union will be closed from noon Saturday until noon on Sunday.
  • North Fairfax Street will be restricted to buses only from 4:30 -7:30 AM on Sunday.
  • Additionally, shuttle buses for runners will be loading on Eisenhower Avenue near the metro station; there should be little traffic impact on Eisenhower Avenue.

(Red Brick Town Flickr Pool photo by JimWalker Photo, on Flickr)

George Washington Birthday Parade (CREDIT - Tisara Photography for Visit Alexandria)

Image credit: Tisara Photography for Visit Alexandria

Alexandria Celebrates George Washington’s Birthday with Events Throughout February

Who’s ready to party like it’s 1732?

Thousands will join in the revelry for the 284th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. The city celebrates the General’s birthday throughout the month of February with more than a dozen festive events, including the George Washington Birthday Parade, a Cherry Challenge among Alexandria’s restaurants, free admission to historic sites, popular walking tours, 18th-century dance classes, and a 10K and 2K Fun Run.

Alexandria is a “best of” when it comes to the spectrum of sites and special events associated with General Washington. With George Washington’s Mount Vernon just eight miles south of historic Old Town, more than 140 locations in present-day Alexandria are associated with the nation’s first president, who conducted business, gathered with friends, worshiped, and even owned a townhouse in the city.

A FULL listing of events after the jump… Find event information at this link.


Snowy day at George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia

Now through Sunday, January 31, we hear you can save 25% on adult & youth admission at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Just use the promo code SNOWDAY2016 when you purchase. You can purchase tickets at this link.

NOTE: This cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

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(Photo via IIP Photo Archive, on Flickr)

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