A Day Visit to Alexandria, Virginia
Looking back at photos from a day trip to Alexandria last summer, I would like to share some memories and images from the Historic Old Town Alexandria. As so often, looking back at a place, I would love to go back and see all the things I missed and only found out the existence of long after. One of the sights I missed was a house built by George Washington in 1763.
From the home page of Alexandria Washington Gov
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr Gadsby’s establishment was a centre of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birthnight Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
On the Sunday in early July, we visited last Summer where young school students dressed in historical outfits and trained as guides in each historic room. These fifths graders did an excellent job of telling us the history and about famous people connected to the place.
For more pictures from that trip, please visit my blog on Black History Month.