Christmas Traditions in Colonial Times
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

Christmas Traditions in Colonial Times

  • George Washington Masonic National Memorial (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee to learn how the Gen. and Mrs. Washington celebrated Christmas! Rev. Tom Costa of the Historic Pohick Church Docent Guild portrays the Rev. Lee Massey, the second colonial rector of Pohick Church, in a presentation of how Christmas was kept in the various colonies. Topics include church and home decorations, gift giving, dinner parties, Christmas carols of the period, Twelfth Night Great Cakes, and more, including tales of seasonal festivities at the home of his good friends and parishioners, George and Martha Washington.

FREE

Conference Room
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301

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11th Annual Cherry Challenge
Jan
27
to Feb 10

11th Annual Cherry Challenge

  • Various restaurants throughout Alexandria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In honor of George Washington’s birthday, participating Alexandria restaurants will create unique, cherry-centric dishes in celebration of one of the most cherished legends surrounding our first president. This year features dishes from dozens of restaurants from every area of Alexandria—Old Town, Del Ray, the West End, and along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Diners rate their favorite dishes, and winners are given special recognition at the George Washington Birthday Parade. 

Cherry Challenge information and a link to register are provided on our website at washingtonbirthday.com/cherry-challenge. To ask questions or to confirm your participation, contact the Cherry Challenge Committee Co-Chairs Kristen Eastlick at Kristen.eastlick@gmail.com (703-200-3329) or Danny Smith at danny.smith@SothebysRealty.com (703-505-7845).

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Walking with Washington Tour
Feb
3
2:00 PM14:00

Walking with Washington Tour

  • Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria today that are associated with George Washington? This tour is designed to show you some of them and expand your knowledge of Washington, and historic Alexandria, his home town.

View some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight.

Begin your journey at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314). 

FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts about 90 minutes.

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Walking with Washington Tour
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Walking with Washington Tour

Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria today that are associated with George Washington? This tour is designed to show you some of them and expand your knowledge of Washington, and historic Alexandria, his home town.

View some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight.

Begin your journey at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314). 

FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts about 90 minutes.

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George Washington's Birthnight Banquet & Ball
Feb
16
5:30 PM17:30

George Washington's Birthnight Banquet & Ball

(9:00 p.m. if attending the ball only.)

You are invited to the recreation of this famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday set in the year 1799. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors plus the General and Mrs. Washington.

Period costume optional; “after-five” attire encouraged.

Advance reservations required. To purchase tickets, visit AlexandriaVA.gov/Shop or call 703-746-4242.

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Revolutionary War Renactment
Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Revolutionary War Renactment

  • Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day, including a Revolutionary War skirmish at 2:00 p.m. between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army.

Participants include renowned reenactment units from around the United States dressed in authentic period costumes and demonstrating authentic 18th-century weaponry.

For more information, visit washingtonbirthday.com or call 703-829-6640.

FREE

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Walking with Washington Tour
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Walking with Washington Tour

Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria today that are associated with George Washington? This tour is designed to show you some of them and expand your knowledge of Washington, and historic Alexandria, his home town.

View some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight.

Begin your journey at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314). 

FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts about 90 minutes.

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Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association
Feb
18
9:00 AM09:00

Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association

  • The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Meet special guests and enjoy a hearty breakfast with members of this historic association. First appearance of the day of the Gen. and Lady Washington. Location and speaker to be determined.

Tickets are $40.

For more information, visit FriendshipFireCo.org or call 703-829-6640.

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Historic Alexandria Open Houses
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Alexandria Open Houses

  • Various museums throughout Old Town (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In honor of George Washington’s birthday, admission is free at these historic Alexandria sites:

Friendship Firehouse Museum - 10:00am - 4:00pm
107 South Alfred Street
Contact (703) 838-3891

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum - 11:00am - 4:00pm
134 North Royal Street
Contact: (703) 746-4242

Old Presbyterian Meeting House - 10:00am - 4:00pm
323 South Fairfax Street
Contact: (703) 549-6670

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum - 11:00am - 4:00pm
105-107 South Fairfax Street
Contact: (703) 746-3852

The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum - 10:00am - 4:00pm
201 South Washington Street
Contact: (703) 838-4994

FREE

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George Washington Birthday Parade
Feb
18
1:00 PM13:00

George Washington Birthday Parade

The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With more than 2,500 participants, this community parade honors one of Alexandria’s favorite sons. Stay tuned as we plan to announce our Grand Marshal and special guests

For information, including parking, maps, route, and status, visit washingtonbirthday.com/status or call 703-829-6640.

In case of weather cancellation, the parade will be held on June 2, 2018.

FREE

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George Washington Symposium
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

George Washington Symposium

  • George Washington Masonic National Memorial (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 2019 symposium will take place Saturday, February 23, 2019, as part of the Memorial's celebration of Washington's Birthday. The lectures begin at 1 p.m. in the North Lodge Room.

The George Washington Symposium is held annually on Washington's Birthday to provide the public with enlightening contemporary research on the life of George Washington. Mark Tabbert, the Memorial's director of collections, serves as the symposium's master of ceremonies.

Admission is free, and free parking is available.

FREE

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Walking with Washington Tour
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Walking with Washington Tour

Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria today that are associated with George Washington? This tour is designed to show you some of them and expand your knowledge of Washington, and historic Alexandria, his home town.

View some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight.

Begin your journey at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314). 

FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts about 90 minutes.

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Walking with Washington Tour- New Date Added!
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Walking with Washington Tour- New Date Added!

  • Alexandria Visitors Center (Ramsay House) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Explore important sites associated with George Washington in his hometown of Alexandria!  This guided walking tour of historic Old Towne covers significant people and events in Washington’s life and in American history, with stops at the William Ramsay House, Market Square, the Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall House/Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington’s townhouse, the Lord Fairfax House, “Light-Horse” Harry Lee’s house, and Christ Church.  

No reservations required.  

FREE!

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Summer Walking With Washington Tour (FREE!)
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Walking With Washington Tour (FREE!)

Explore important sites associated with George Washington in his hometown of Alexandria!  This guided walking tour of historic Old Towne covers significant people and events in Washington’s life and in American history, with stops at the William Ramsay House, Market Square, the Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall House/Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington’s townhouse, the Lord Fairfax House, “Light-Horse” Harry Lee’s house, and Christ Church. 

FREE!

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Summer Walking With Washington Tour (FREE!)
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Walking With Washington Tour (FREE!)

Explore important sites associated with George Washington in his hometown of Alexandria!  This guided walking tour of historic Old Towne covers significant people and events in Washington’s life and in American history, with stops at the William Ramsay House, Market Square, the Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall House/Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington’s townhouse, the Lord Fairfax House, “Light-Horse” Harry Lee’s house, and Christ Church. 

FREE!

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Walking with Washington Tour
Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

Walking with Washington Tour

  • Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Walk in George Washington’s footsteps through his hometown, historic Alexandria.

View some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight.

Begin your journey at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314). 

FREE!

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Annual Washington's Birthday Gala
Feb
24
5:30 PM17:30

Annual Washington's Birthday Gala

Formal (white tie optional). Reception at 5:30 p.m.

Entertainment in the Memorial Theater at 6:45 p.m.

Banquet in the Memorial's Grand Masonic Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The presentation of the George Washington Memorial Award will take place during the banquet. Tickets are $150. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets, visit gwmemorial.org or call 703-683-2007.

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George Washington Symposium
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

George Washington Symposium

  • George Washington Masonic National Memorial (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The theme of the 2018 George Washington Symposium is "Envisioning a Great Nation: Where George Washington’s Journeys Took Him."

The symposium will take place Saturday, February 24, 2018, as part of the Memorial's celebration of Washington's Birthday. The lectures begin at 1 p.m. in the North Lodge Room.

The George Washington Symposium is held annually on Washington's Birthday to provide the public with enlightening contemporary research on the life of George Washington. Mark Tabbert, the Memorial's director of collections, serves as the symposium's master of ceremonies.

Admission is free, and free parking is available.

Attendees are asked to preregister at bit.ly/101Callahan.

FREE

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Uncovering the Waterfront at The Late Shift: Brand New Day
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Uncovering the Waterfront at The Late Shift: Brand New Day

Alexandria’s past comes to life at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s monthly The Late Shift event with help from the Alexandria Archaeology Museum.

Artists and innovators team up for a night of unearthed secrets, music and trivia celebrating our region’s rich history.

No registration required. For more information, please call 703-746-4399.

FREE

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Lecture: "I Cannot Tell a Lie: Myths about George Washington that Should be Discarded"
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

Lecture: "I Cannot Tell a Lie: Myths about George Washington that Should be Discarded"

Abigail Adams said that truth was George Washington's best eulogy. During this lecture at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Professor Peter Henriques examines a number of the various myths that have developed and which keep us from better understanding the remarkable individual who was our first and greatest president.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 per person or $10 for Society members and volunteers. Reservations are recommended.

To purchase tickets, visit Alexandriava.gov/Shop or call 703-746-4242.

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George Washington Birthday Parade
Feb
19
1:00 PM13:00

George Washington Birthday Parade

The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With more than 2,500 participants, this community parade honors one of Alexandria’s favorite sons. First responders to the June 2017 shooting that occurred during a practice for a congressional baseball game will serve as the parade’s grand marshals.

For information, including parking, maps, route, and status, visit washingtonbirthday.com/status or call 703-829-6640.

In case of weather cancellation, the parade will be held on June 2, 2018.

FREE

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Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association
Feb
19
9:00 AM09:00

Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association

  • The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Sponsored by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, this annual tradition at The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection, features “George Washington’s” first appearance of the day, a hearty breakfast and an address by a special guest.

Tickets are $35.

For more information, visit FriendshipFire.net or call 703-829-6640.

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Walking with Washington Tour
Feb
18
2:00 PM14:00

Walking with Washington Tour

  • Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Walk in George Washington’s footsteps through his hometown, historic Alexandria.

View some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight.

Begin your journey at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314). 

FREE!

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Revolutionary War Renactment
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Revolutionary War Renactment

  • Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day, including a Revolutionary War skirmish at 2:00 p.m. between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army.

Participants include renowned reenactment units from around the United States dressed in authentic period costumes and demonstrating authentic 18th-century weaponry.

For more information, visit washingtonbirthday.com or call 703-829-6640.

FREE

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George Washington's Birthnight Banquet & Ball
Feb
17
5:30 PM17:30

George Washington's Birthnight Banquet & Ball

(9:00 p.m. if attending the ball only.)

Don your dancing shoes for this famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, set in the year 1799. The evening includes an 18th-century banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors plus the General and Mrs. Washington.

Period costume optional; “after-five” attire encouraged.

Reservations required. Cost is $125 per ticket. $150 per person ticket includes dinner in the same room with the Washingtons. $250 per person ticket reserves your spot at a table with the Washingtons for dinner.

To purchase tickets, visit Alexandriava.gov/Shop or call 703-746-4242.

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Facetime with History: Dr. Samuel Dömjen, Natural Philosopher
Feb
17
to Feb 19

Facetime with History: Dr. Samuel Dömjen, Natural Philosopher

On the second Sunday of every month, guests to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will be greeted by a person from the past while journeying through the museum.

While the character varies, through conversation and stories, guests will deepen their understanding of the past and how it connects to today.

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, meet natural philosopher Dr. Samuel Dömjen. Admission is $5 per adult.

For more information, visit Alexandriava.gov/GadsbysTavern or call 703-746-4242.

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Washington's Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon
Feb
17
to Feb 19

Washington's Birthday Celebration at Mount Vernon

On February 17-18, wish the General a happy birthday while enjoying hoecakes made over the open fire, #PoseLikeThePrez in the Education Center Lobby and observe wreathlayings at Washington’s Tomb.

Across the estate, listen to members of the Washington family recount stories about the General, visit with George and Martha Washington at the Interpretive Center and watch dancing demonstrations on the bowling green.

On February 19, enjoy free admission to Mount Vernon, witness a presidential tribute featuring honored guests, a wreathlaying at Washington’s tomb, watch Continental soldiers conduct a marching drill, and enjoy character performances around the estate.

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. greet author Jeff Finegan who will sign books from his series, I Knew George Washington.

For more information, visit MountVernon.org/birthday or call 703-780- 2000.

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Walking with Washington Tour
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

Walking with Washington Tour

Walk in George Washington’s footsteps through his hometown, historic Alexandria.

View some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight.

Begin your journey at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314). 

FREE!

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Walking with Washington Tour
Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

Walking with Washington Tour

  • Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Walk in George Washington’s footsteps through his hometown, historic Alexandria.

View some of the sites connected to the General, like where he filled his prescriptions or slept overnight.

Begin your journey at the Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House, 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314). 

FREE!

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Tenth Annual Cherry Challenge
Jan
28
to Feb 11

Tenth Annual Cherry Challenge

  • Various restaurants throughout Alexandria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In honor of George Washington’s birthday, participating Alexandria restaurants will create unique, cherry-centric dishes in celebration of one of the most cherished legends surrounding our first president. This year features dishes from dozens of restaurants from every area of Alexandria—Old Town, Del Ray, the West End, and along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Diners rate their favorite dishes, and winners are given special recognition at the George Washington Birthday Parade. 

The Tenth Annual Cherry Challenge is generously sponsored by the Historic Properties Group at TTR Sotheby’s Realty (Diane Murphy, Danny Smith, Jeanne Barton)

Cherry Challenge information and a link to register are provided on our website at washingtonbirthday.com/cherry-challenge. To ask questions or to confirm your participation, contact the Cherry Challenge Committee Co-Chairs Kristen Eastlick at Kristen.eastlick@gmail.com (703-200-3329) or Danny Smith at danny.smith@SothebysRealty.com (703-505-7845).

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Feb
25
5:30 PM17:30

Annual Birthday Gala at the Masonic Memorial

Celebrate Washington's birthday in style at this black tie event at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial (101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria 22301). Black tie. Tickets $125, reservations required. Reception at 5:30, entertainment in the Memorial Theater at 6:45 p.m., Banquet in the Memorial's Grand Masonic Hall at 7:30 p.m. The Presentation of the George Washington Memorial Award will take place during the banquet.

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Feb
25
1:00 PM13:00

George Washington Symposium at the Masonic Memorial

The George Washington Symposium is held annually on Washington's Birthday to provide the public with enlightening contemporary research on the life of George Washington. 

Join us for this FREE program! Enter by the SIDE DOOR and follow the signs to the North Lodge Room to learn more about: 

George Washington and the Northern Frontier, 1732-1775

FREE parking is available. Registrants will recieve periodic news from the Memorial, as well as a complimentary gift upon attendance.

Look forward to hearing from the following George Washington scholars:

Pathways to Empire: George Washington and Northern Virginia in the Mid-Eighteenth Century. Bruce Ragsdale, Ph.D., author of “A Planters’ Republic: The Search for Economic Independence in Revolutionary Virginia”

The Building Blocks of Tidewater Life: Foundations of George Washington’s Neighborhood. James McClelland, Ph.D., Dean of Humanities, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus

The Man of the World in His Own Neighborhood: George Washington’s Alexandria Friends and Business Relationships. Prof. William Ferraro, Ph.D., Managing Editor, The George Washington Papers, The University of Virginia

Panel questions and answers to session to follow third speaker... 

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Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

George Washington, America's Foremost Entrepreneur Lecture

The United States was conceived in business, founded on business, and operated as a business—all because of the entrepreneurial mind of the greatest American businessman of any generation: George Washington.

Using Washington's extensive but often overlooked financial papers, Edward G. Lengel, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association, chronicles the fascinating and inspiring story of how this self-educated man built the Mount Vernon estate into a vast, multilayered enterprise and prudently managed meager resources to win the war of independence. Lengel’s book, First Entrepreneur, will transform how Americans think about George Washington and how his success in commercial enterprise influenced and guided the emerging nation. Book signing to follow lecture. 

$12 per person or $10 for Society members and volunteers.

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