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This Week in Historic Alexandria 9.8.16 | Newsletter | City of Alexandria


Lloyd HouseThe Office of Historic Alexandria is pleased to offer a new outdoor concert series to celebrate the upcoming cool, crisp fall evenings. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather at two upcoming evening concerts in the courtyard of historic Lloyd House at 220 North Washington Street, located at the southwest corner of Queen Street.

Pack a picnic and blanket or purchase food and beverage on site.  On Thursday, September 29, from 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy live music from Drymill Road and one week later, Thursday, October 6, 5 to 7 p.m., tap along as you enjoy the maritime music of Bob Zentz and Jeanne MacDougal.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. Tours of historic Lloyd House will be available during the event.

Meigs HodgeThursday, September 8 – 2nd Thursday Live: Fall Blues Night with Meigs Hodge 
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street 
The perfect introduction to a fall evening with traditional and contemporary blues guitar and vocals. Come and enjoy talented local musician Meigs Hodge as he explores delta and Chicago styles through the music of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, and plays contemporary standards plus original compositions. 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $10 per person. For more information, please visit www.nvfaa.orgor call 703.548.0035.Thursday, September 8 – USAF Band Fall Chamber Series
The Lyceum, 201 SouthWashington Street 
An evening of music for Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano featuring the Shepherd Trio. Free and open to the public, no reserved seats, first-come, first seated. 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit www.usafband.af.mil.

Thursday, September 8 – Fort Ward Interpretive Planning Committee
Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street
Regular monthly meeting. Free. 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4554.

The LyceumSaturday, September 10 – “Beyond the Battlefield” Walking Tour
Outside The Lyceum, 201 South Washington Street
This guided walking tour of Civil War sites in Historic Old Town is sponsored by the Lee-Fendall House and Gardens but will begin at 10:00 AM outside The Lyceum at 201 South Washington Street. Participants will see locations and stories associated with soldiers, citizens, and the enslaved, including the occupation of Alexandria and emancipation. Stops on the tour will include locations to be featured in the upcoming PBS drama, “Mercy Street,” which airs in January 2016. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and the tour route is approximately 1.75 miles.  Tickets are $15 in advance through the Lee-Fendall House’s Online Store, or $20 the day of the program. FREE for Lee-Fendall House Members! 10 a.m. Tour space is limited, so the purchase of tickets in advance is highly recommended. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring bottled water.  For more information, please visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703.548.1789.
Artillery MenSaturday, September 10 – Civil War Artillery Day
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Road
Learn about the role of artillerymen at a fort in the Defenses of Washington from reenactors portraying the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, a unit stationed at Fort Ward during the Civil War. Activities include cannon firing demonstrations, camp life, and equipment display. Program is weather dependent. Free! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, please call 703.746.4848 or visitwww.fortward.org.

Saturday, September 10 – Lecture: “Bringing Them Home” 
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street 
In honor of the second anniversary of Alexandria’s Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, genealogist Char McCargo Bah presents her research on the descendants of this Alexandria landmark. Ms. Bah, who served as the official genealogist on the cemetery project has found over 1000 people who are directly related to the contrabands buried at this historic site. Free, but $5 donation is suggested to support programs related to the Cemetery. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4356.

Sunday, September 11 –  In concert: Benjamin Scott
The Lyceum, 201 SouthWashington Street
Benjamin Scott on violin and piano, sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, Music of Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Ravel, and Schnittke. Free, but donations graciously accepted.  3 to  4:30 p.m. For more information, please call 703.799.8229 or visitwww.wmpamusic.org.

Pres. James MadisonSunday, September 11 – Presidential Salon with James Madison
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street
Join President Madison as he discusses and engages guests about political and personal issues of 1816. Tickets are priced at $15 per person, $10 high school/college students, reservations required. 3 to 4:30 p.m., doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please emailgadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4242.

Monday, September 11 – Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee 
Alexandria City Hall, Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, 301 King Street
Regular monthly meeting.Free. 7 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4554.

Monday, September 11 –  Gary Stephans’ Art of Ballroom Dance
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street 
Fun classes to learn to dance or improve your dancing skills: fox trot, waltz, tango, swing, salsa, merengue, rumba, cha-cha, and samba. All level of dancers are welcome, with or without a partner. Discover little techniques that most people never learn about and become a relaxed and proficient social dancer in these small, personalized dance lessons! Class fee is $15 per session, Basic or Advanced Techniques, attend both sessions for best results. To register for either or both sessions, click here. Basic Techniques class is 7 to 7:45 p.m.  Advanced Techniques is 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Free practice session from 8:30 to 9 p.m. To register, click here. For more information, please visit garystephans@me.com or call 703.505.5998.

Now on Exhibit – Kit-Keung Kan 
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street 
Kit-Keung Kan is a physicist who interprets traditional Chinese landscape paintings with his passion for the art form as well as his experience in scientific study and research such as relational concepts and objective abstraction. Free! Open Thursday through Sunday, 12 Noon to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit www.nvfaa.org or call 703.548.0035.

Now on Exhibit – Medical Care for the Civil War Soldier  
Fort Ward Museum, 4301 West Braddock Road
See “What’s New” segment above. Free! Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.   For more information, please call 703.746.4848 or visitwww.fortward.org.

Now on Exhibit – Hotel vs. Hospital
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street 
Learn the story of the fine hotel industry in Alexandria and how it quickly changed after the Civil War began. The City Hotel (today part of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum at 134 North Royal Street) was the only major hotel in Alexandria to remain open during the entirety of the war.  The two other fine hotels in town, Mansion House (transformed into a massive Civil War hospital) and Marshall House (site of the first Northern and Southern deaths due to violence in the Civil War), had closed. Guests will discover how tavern keeper Samuel Heflebower was able to remain in business as he catered to the new customers arriving in Alexandria. For more information, please call 703.746.4242.

Mansion HouseNow on Exhibit – Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 North Fairfax Street
Come see the site that inspired Mercy Street, the new PBS’ series inspired by real events that took place at Carlyle House. The six-episode program revolves around the doctors, nurses, and patients of Mansion House Hospital, a former luxury hotel owned by James Green, a prominent Alexandria businessman who resided in Carlyle House.

James Green purchased Carlyle House and the adjacent Bank of Alexandria in 1848. While living in Carlyle House with his family, he converted the Bank Building into the successful Mansion House Hotel. The hotel thrived, and Green expanded it in the 1850s. In November of 1861, the Union Army took over both the hotel and the mansion, turning the hotel into a hospital and the house into doctor and officer housing. The new exhibit recreates the days of Union occupation and tells the true stories of those who lived and worked here during the war. This is where Mercy Street really happened.  Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m. For further information please visit www.carlylehouse.org or call 703.549.2997.

Now on Exhibit – The Lyceum:  175 Years of Local History
The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street
This new exhibition highlights the history of The Lyceum, as well as its role today as a place for exploring Alexandria’s past.  On view in the museum’s Coldsmith Gallery, the historical objects and images featured represent The Lyceum, the community at work, and commemorations and celebrations.  Throughout the exhibition, visitors are invited to “be the curator” and think about why the various artifacts are in museum’s collection, and about how these tangible representatives of the past help tell the story of Alexandria’s history.

Museum visitors can also explore artifacts relating to commemorating or celebrating something important in someone’s life, or that serve as a memento representing an organization, business, or event.  For example, five World War II service medals from a local soldier are on view, as well as a china pitcher promoting William Henry Harrison’s campaign for the presidency, and a colorful hand-worked quilt commemorating the Bicentennial of the American Revolution in 1976.  The Lyceum:  175 Years of Local History includes a variety of items providing a glimpse into different types of work in Alexandria since the community was founded in the 18th century.  Objects range from circa 1796 wares marked by Alexandria silversmith Adam Lynn, a circa 1880 dresser manufactured by James F. Muir and Brothers, to a collage of original photographs – circa 1970 — documenting the Alexandria, Barcroft & Washington Rapid Transit Company.

Open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call 703.746.4994, or see www.alexandriahistory.org.

Now on Exhibit – Journey to Be Free: Alexandria Freedmen’s Cemetery 
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street 
A new exhibit tracing the 150-year history of the long-forgotten Freedmen’s Cemetery, its rediscovery and how the new Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial was created at the site.  Free, but donations are appreciated. Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 p.m., Sunday and Monday: Closed.  For more information, please call 703.746.4356.

Lee-Fendall HouseNow on Exhibit – Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812 
Lee-Fendall House and Gardens, 614 Oronoco Street
A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812 examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family. For more information, please visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703.548.1789.

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Brent imageOn September 6, 1654, Dame Margaret Brent obtained a patent for a 700-acre plot that included what is now Alexandria. In 1669, Governor Berkeley awarded an overlapping land grant to Robert Howson, an English ship captain. This tract extended along the Potomac River, from Hunting Creek on the south to the Little Falls on the north. Less than a month later, Howson sold the land to Scotsman John Alexander. The town was later named for the Alexander family in 1749.
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Carlyle HouseThe weekend of Scottish and pop culture fun will continue at Carlyle House Historic Park on Sunday, September 18th, at 2:30 p.m., with an Outlander themed tea! Do you love the books and/or the television show? Then come join us for tea and a special fashion show on the Magnolia Terrace! Members of the Appin Regiment, an 18th century Scottish Living History group, will model the fashions from the time period when Jamie, Claire AND John Carlyle lived! Ticketsare priced at $45 per person for the tea and fashion show. One lucky person will win a special gift basket donated by The Scottish Gourmet and raffled off during the tea! Advance reservations are required for the tea.

*If this event closes but if the wait list is long enough, then a seating will be added at 12 p.m.

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