Friendship Firehouse Museum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Free Tours of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and Other Historic Alexandria Museums

On Monday, February 20, the nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the Alexandria’s favorite sons. The Parade’s Grand Marshal will be Retired Police Chief Earl Cook, and the special guest is Olympic silver medal winner boxer Shakur Stevenson. For information about participating units, parking, maps, route and status, visit this link or call 703.829.6640.

The same day, several Historic Alexandria sites will celebrate by hosting special open houses with free admission. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street, and the Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors may tour these historic sites at no charge on this day.

How did George Washington celebrate his birthday in the ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern? What was considered luxurious for overnight accommodations in the 18th century? Visitors to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will find out at the very place George Washington dined and danced.

Visitors to the Apothecary, which opened in 1796, will see its unique collection of herbs and botanicals, while discovering the important role the Apothecary played in early Alexandria. Among the featured display items will be a note from Martha Washington.

At the Friendship Firehouse, first built in 1855 and remodeled in 1871, see hand-drawn fire engines, leather water buckets, axes, sections of early rubber hose and other historic firefighting equipment. The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was Alexandria’s first volunteer fire company and dates to Washington’s time.

 At The Lyceum, visitors can view the new exhibition “Alexandria’s Nurses and Hospitals During the Civil War.” Visitors can also see the recently opened exhibit “The Lyceum: 175 Years of Local History” and the permanent exhibit “Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present.”

For more information about these events, visit this link.

Here is the 2017 George Washington Birthday Parade Route & Road Closures

As readers know, thousands will join in the revelry for the 285th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia.

The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade, happening Monday, February 20 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the city’s favorite sons.

There will be road closures in force for this event. Roads east of Washington Street, between Franklin and Princess Streets, will be closed from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday (see below). Expect delays in the southeast/southwest neighborhoods in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

For more information, visit the Washington Birthday Parade online.

George Washington Birthday Parade route through Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Meggrolls at 107 N. Fayette Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

If you’re not familiar with Meghan Baroody’s delicious ‘meggrolls’, you take an egg roll, add creative fillings like Buffalo chicken or mac n’ cheese, fry until crisp-and-gooey.

On Thursday, the food truck operator-turned-caterer announced more about her brick-and-mortar concept. The 25-seat shop will open in Old Town, Alexandria in April 2017 in the former home of Five Guys.

In an email to customers, Meghan wrote:

So many amazing things have happened since Meggrolls reached its Kickstarter campaign goal last Valentine’s Day, just one year ago.

After an exciting, action-packed 2016, my business partner Alex and I are pumped to make this year even more memorable.

On February 1st, we received the keys to our new home at 107 N. Fayette St. in Old Town, Alexandria (the old Five Guys), and the transformation has already commenced!

We could not be more thrilled with how the shop is coming together– Lookin’ sharp!

And if things continue to move along smoothly, we’ll be ready to open the doors in April– so exciting!

The city and the small business community of Old Town have shown us so much support– we already feel like we are a part of the family.

We simply can’t wait to bring something unique and special to the city of Alexandria, and I’m so excited and proud to be raising my business here in my hometown.

Please make sure to connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for even more updates as they happen!

Thanks for all of your support!

Dusk on the Potomac
For our Afternoon Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from Alexandria, Virginia and around the area. Here are five (5) news items that caught our eye.


LIVE at the #AlexandriaVA 9/11 Remembrance ceremony #NeverForget

Posted by on Saturday, September 10, 2016

On Saturday, September 10, the City of Alexandria, Virginia marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 with a remembrance ceremony. On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked commercial airliners to strike targets in the United States including the nearby Pentagon. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the attacks.

The hour-long event held in Market Square paid tribute to those who responded without fear, acted without hesitation, and gave their lives to save others.

The ceremony featured remarks from Mayor Allison Silberberg and representatives from the Alexandria Police Department, Fire Department, and Sheriff’s Office. The tribute included a “Return to Quarters” bell-ringing ceremony and musical performances by the award-winning Alexandria Harmonizers ( a STIRRING rendition of God Bless America) and the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums.

In case you couldn’t make it, see video from the event above and photos from the event at this link.

Via News 4, Darcy Spencer interviews Krista Clouse, the Old Town opera singer who was arrested Labor Day weekend while busking for violating the Alexandria, Virginia noise ordinance. Ms. Clouse, who has been singing on the streets of Old Town for years, had the charges dropped against her this week. Ms. Clouse tells News 4 she’s still weighing her options as the city apologizes and considers clarifying its law.


Armed Woman Surrenders Peacefully After Domestic Dispute

An armed woman was taken into custody late Friday afternoon in the 1100 block of Cameron Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Alexandria Police officers responded to a domestic dispute between an armed woman and man. They convinced the woman to come out of her residence and into police custody shortly after arriving on scene.

No injuries were reported by police in the incident.

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