Lecture: A Great State and a Great Man — George Washington’s Virginia | News Release | City of Alexandria

Great State and a Great Man

Dr. John Maass Speaks on George Washington’s Virginia at The Lyceum, May 9

Virginia was a very different place during the 18th and early 19th centuries, dotted with thousands of farms big and small, many small towns, and very few places that even approached the term “city.”  It was the most populous of the original 13 colonies, however, and we were led to independence by Virginia’s most famous native son.

George Washington’s Virginia is a lecture and book-signing delivered by Dr. John Maass, on Tuesday May 9, at The Lyceum — Alexandria’s History Museum.  Co-sponsored by Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and The Lyceum, the program will be a tour of Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Republic-era Virginia as known by, lived in, traveled across, and fought over by George Washington.  Dr. Maass describes the stories and locations within the state associated with Washington, America’s most famous Founding Father, from his birthplace along the lower Potomac River to his last years as the master of Mount Vernon.  Along the way, he offers an exploration of Washington’s life and deeds in Virginia, as well as a detailed guide to the historic and scenic sites associated with him.

Dr. John Maass is a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. and an adjunct professor of history at Norwich University.  He is the author of North Carolina and the French and Indian War: The Spreading Flames of WarDefending a New Nation, 1783-1811; and The Road to Yorktown. He received a BA in history from Washington and Lee University and a PhD in Early US History from the Ohio State University.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased through  www.alexandriava.gov/Shop; proceeds from the lecture will benefit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and The Lyceum.  Doors will open for the program at 6:30 p.m., with the lecture at 7:00 p.m.  The book-signing will follow the lecture.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.  To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, e-mail Nicole.Quinn@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4994, or Virginia Relay 711.


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