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.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Via The Library of Congress, here’s an early look at one of Alexandria’s oldest continuously run businesses. The shop is now a museum and has a terrific collection of herbal botanicals, handblown glass, and medical equipment – most of it still in its original location. For more information about the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, visit this link.

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street

Celebrate with your favorite father at the place where the Father of our Country ate, drank, and influenced history. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is pleased to offer free tours on Father’s Day for all visiting fathers! Junior Docents, volunteers from grades 3 through 7, will be stationed at each stop on the tour, including the taproom, bedchambers, ballroom, assembly room and dining room, so visitors can tour at their own pace. Tour times are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost $5 for all other adults and $3 for children (ages 5-12).

For more information, please visit www.gadsbystavern.org or call 703.746.4242.

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street

Treat your father to a special tour of the Apothecary, a family business first established in 1792. See the outstanding collection of herbs and botanicals, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. The Apothecary is pleased to offer free tours on Father’s Day for all visiting fathers! Cost $5 for all other adults and $3 for children (ages 5-12).

Tour times are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.apothecarymuseum.org or call 703.746.3852.

 

Visit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (134 North Royal Street), the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum (105-107 South Fairfax Street) and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum (105 North Union Street, #327) for free with a special Museum Day ticket. During Museum Day, an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media, museums across the country are opening their doors for free to visitors with a Museum Day ticket. Tickets are available online through Smithsonian Magazine by clicking on the graphic below.

Museum Day

For more community events, visit our events calendar at this link.

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