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This Week in Historic Alexandria 10.20.16 | Newsletter | City of Alexandria


Tuesday, October 18 – Historical Alexandria Resources Commission 
Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street
Regular monthly meeting. Free! 8 a.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4554.Wednesday, October 19 – Alexandria Archaeological Commission 
Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Suite 327
Regular monthly meeting. Free! 7 p.m. For more information, please call 703.746.4399.

The GrandsonsThursday, October 20 – Final Fall Concert of the Season at historic Lloyd House!
Lloyd House, 220 North Washington Street
Come enjoy another free live outdoor musical performance on the grounds of historic Lloyd House! This week The Grandsons performance will be a lively exchange of humor, fun, musical riffs and moving feet between band members and audience.  A fan aptly described The Grandsons exuberant sound as “American music in a blender with the lid off.” The more prominent elements in this eclectic whirlpool are New Orleans rhythm and blues, rockabilly, swing and country two steps.

This event includes free tours of the first floor of the Lloyd House, constructed in 1796 by tavern keeper John Wise whose most famous real estate properties included Gadsby’s Tavern.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a comfy chair, and share a great fall evening with family and friends. Free! 5 to 7 p.m. For more information about the Office of Historic Alexandria, visit www.historicalexandria.org or call 703.746.4554.

Dr. Chandra ManningThursday, October 20– Lecture and Book Signing: Dr. Chandra Manning 
Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street 
Join us for a free lecture and book signing by noted historian Chandra Manning. By the end of the Civil War, nearly half a million slaves had taken refuge behind Union lines, in what became known as “contraband camps.” These were crowded, dangerous places, yet some 12-15 percent of the Confederacy’s slave population took almost unimaginable risks to reach them, and they became the first places Northerners came to know former slaves en masse. Ranging from stories of individuals to those of armies on the move to the debates in Congress, Troubled Refuge probes what the camps were really like and how former slaves and Union soldiers warily united there.

Chandra Manning is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University specializing in 19th century American History. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Manning’s previous book,What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War, won numerous accolades for her scholarship. Free! 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. This event is part of the Museum’s Mercy Street-related programming.  Advance registration is requested as space is limited. For more information or to make reservations, please call the Alexandria Black History Museum at 703.746.4356.

Saturday, October 22 – Java Jolt Lecture: Major Braddock’s 4th Encampment 
Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Suite 327
Mark Ludlow presents an illustrated lecture based on the first comprehensive metal-detecting survey of the Braddock Road in Western Maryland–a key area related to the French and Indian War. Free, but advance reservations are required.  10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA) in celebration of Virginia Archaeology Month.  For more information, or to make reservations, please email archaeology@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4399.

Lee-Fendall HouseSaturday, October 22 – “The General’s Tour,” Walking Tour
Lee-Fendall House and Gardens, 614 Oronoco Street
This guided walking tour of Robert E. Lee sites in Alexandria’s Historic Old Town begins at the Lee-Fendall House and will highlight locations and stories associated with the Confederate general’s life in Alexandria, his hometown from the age of five and residence of his “earliest and oldest friends.” The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are available in advance for $10 through the museum’s Online Store, or for $15 at the door. 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. FREE for LFH Members! 10 a.m.  For more information, please visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703.548.1789.

Saturday, October 22 – Mansion House Whiskey Tasting 
Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 North Fairfax Street
Come join us for a unique new event at Carlyle House Historic Park! Enjoy a selection of Virginia whiskeys and delicious menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres inspired by the fall season and southern cuisine, plus a special whiskey flavored gelato. The evening will include a tour of our current exhibit “Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital.” Local historian Rich Gillespie, Executive Director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, will share stories throughout the evening of the Civil War in Virginia and guide you on your whiskey tasting journey. Tickets are priced at $50 per person over age 21. 7 to 9 p.m.  For further information please visit www.carlylehouse.org or call 703.549.2997

Now on Exhibit through November 6 – Athenaeum Invitational: Oh! The Joy! 
The Athenaeum, 201 Prince Street 
The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the arts. It is an annual theme-based event featuring works of both specially invited artists and works selected through a call for submission. The 2016 theme asks artists to select on a moment of pure joy–inspired by the Lewis and Clark expedition. Free! Open Thursday through Sunday, 12 Noon to 4 p.m. For more information, please visitwww.nvfaa.org or call 703.548.0035.

Medical CareNow 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.

Now 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.

The LyceumNow 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.

Now 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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This Week in Historic Alexandria

Belle Pre-1907

On October 24, 1921, a massive fire destroyed the Belle Pre Glass Company Plant, the largest milk bottle producer in the world, located in the northwest section of Alexandria along Henry Street. At the time, the complex employed over 250 people and processed 5,000,000 linear feet of wooden boards annually to construct boxes for the millions of bottles produced.

David Keltz

On Sale Now

On October 30 and 31, come to The Lyceum – Alexandria’s History Museum for two unforgettable Halloween evenings with America’s earliest master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe! Actor David
Keltz returns to The Lyceum’s lecture hall to re-create Poe’s visit to Virginia in 1849, shortly before his death. Individual works performed each year vary, but the program always includes
a chilling story or two such as “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” or “The Tell-Tale Heart,” along with well-known poems “The Raven” and “El Dorado.” Mr. Keltz’s performance has been lauded by The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, The Poe Museum in Richmond,
and the Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia.  8 p.m. both evenings. Tickets are priced at $15 per person; reservations are required, as space is limited.

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