Tour the city’s only private museum dedicated to the local companies of the 17th Virginia Infantry CSA, the citizens of Alexandria, and the R.E. Lee Camp Confederate Veterans at The R.E. Lee Camp Hall Museum, located at 806 Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Learn about the special meaning of the date in Alexandria and the City’s unique place in the American Civil War.

Admission is FREE, but donations greatly appreciated! The open house is from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM this Sunday May 24, 2015. For more information, contact relcamphall@hotmail.com.

The Lee-Fendall House, located at 614 Oronoco Street in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, will offer a special guided walking tour of Lee family homes this Saturday, November 8.

Members of the Lee family lived in almost two dozen homes over the years, including a cluster of buildings at the intersection of Washington and Oronoco streets – an area once known as “Lee Corner.”

Although family members moved into and out of the city over the years, Alexandria remained their hometown and lifelong friendships were forged with neighbors and business associates in the city.

The tour will last 90 minutes, and will include stops outside the boyhood home of Robert E. Lee, the Lee-Fendall House, and the home of “founding father” Arthur Lee. Tickets are priced at $12 for adults and $8 for students.

Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. and leave from the Lee-Fendall House. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.

For further information, please visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703.548.1789.

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This event is FREE.

In his forthcoming book “Lee’s Faith,” R. David Cox will explore how Lee’s religious convictions influenced his major decisions, including after the War to assume the presidency of Washington College where he promoted reconciliation and national unity. Dr. Cox, an Episcopal priest who formerly served as rector of the R. E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, teaches at Southern Virginia University.

The lecture will be TOMORROW, October 15, 2014 at the historic Lloyd House at 7:30 PM, located at 220 North Washington Street in Old Town Alexandria. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please call 703.746.4554.

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In honor of September 11 (9/11), and the recent dedication of the Contrabands and Freedmens Cemetery Memorial in Alexandria, comes today’s Throwback Thursday posting.

The Pentagon, which was attacked on 9/11, has quite a history, especially about its construction, much of which you can find here at this link.

After doing some extensive research over the last week, I found out five remarkable facts about the Pentagon:

  • The architect of the building had just three days to come up with a design that would accommodate 40,000 employees, 10,000 cars, and not obstruct the scenic views of Washington, D.C.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony for the Pentagon was held on September 11, 1941.
  • The Pentagon was constructed in just 16 months and was made from reinforced concrete with a majority of the filler coming from the Potomac River.
  • To show you how big the building is, did you know that if you laid the U.S. Capitol end to end, it would fit into just one of the buildings five sides?
  • Lastly, as I noted to you in last Friday’s post, during the Civil War, a settlement known as Freedman’s Village sprung up around Alexandria.  When the Freedmen moved to the Alexandria area, they moved into barracks and shantytowns hastily assembled in order to handle the sudden rise in population. Turns out, this village was on Robert E. Lee’s former estate on the site of what is now the Pentagon, as escaped slaves made their way to the non-Union held territory. Many families were uprooted from this area in the years following the Civil War with the remaining descendants of the Freedmen getting evicted from what was then known as East Arlington in the early 1940s in order for the government to appropriate the land for the Pentagon.

Now you know…

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The Lee-Fendall House, located at 614 Oronoco Street in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, will offer a special guided walking tour of Lee family homes this Saturday, August 23.

Members of the Lee family lived in almost two dozen homes over the years, including a cluster of buildings at the intersection of Washington and Oronoco streets – an area once known as “Lee Corner.”

Although family members moved into and out of the city over the years, Alexandria remained their hometown and lifelong friendships were forged with neighbors and business associates in the city.

The tour will last 90 minutes, and will include stops outside the boyhood home of Robert E. Lee, the Lee-Fendall House, and the home of “founding father” Arthur Lee. Tickets are priced at $12 for adults and $8 for students.

Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. and leave from the Lee-Fendall House. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.

For further information, please visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703.548.1789. For more community events in Alexandria, visit our community events calendar.

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