Walking with Washington Tour
Mar
31
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.

This FREE guided walking tour covers significant people and events in Washington’s life and in American history, with stops at Ramsay House, Market Square, Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern/Charles Lee House, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington’s townhouse, the Lord Fairfax House, the “Light-Horse” Harry Lee house, and Christ Church.

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

FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts about 2 hours.

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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.

This FREE guided walking tour of covers significant people and events in Washington’s life and in American history, with stops at Ramsay House, Market Square, Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern/Charles Lee House, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington’s townhouse, the Lord Fairfax House, the “Light-Horse” Harry Lee house, and Christ Church.

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

FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts about 2 hours.

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Annual George Washington Birthday Gala
Feb
23
5:30 PM17:30

Annual George Washington Birthday Gala

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

You are cordially invited to attend the George Washington Birthday Celebration at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

Evening Events:

Reception, Memorial Hall - 5:30pm
Concert, Memorial Theater - 6:45pm
Banquet, Grand Masonic Hall - 7:30pm
Presentation of the George Washington Memorial Award, Grand Masonic Hall

Admission Required. Tickets are $150 and may be purchased here.

Attire: Formal (white tie optional)

For more information contact Shawn Eyer, Director of Communications, seyer@gwmemorial.org.

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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 George Washington 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 theme of the 2018 Symposium is "George Washington -- Symbol for the Age." The featured sessions are:

  • Tony Williams, Senior Teaching Fellow of the Bill of Rights Institute, will speak about the ethical virtues most valued by Washington and the Revolutionary War generation.

  • Emily Parson Schultz, Deputy Director and Curator of the Society of the Cincinnati, will discuss representations of Washington in print and material culture as a symbol of those virtues.

  • Jack Warren, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Society of the Cincinnati, will talk about Washington as the embodiment of that generation’s most cherished values.

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.

FREE (and free parking is available as well)

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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.

FREE

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FREE DASH Shuttle from 11AM to 4PM
Feb
18
11:00 AM11:00

FREE DASH Shuttle from 11AM to 4PM

Great news!! We've just confirmed that DASH Bus is running shuttle service on Monday (2/18/19) from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station to Prince and Washington Streets (next to the Lyceum)!

DASH has been helping Alexandria celebrate Gen. Washington's birthday by offering this shuttle since the bus service was formed in 1982, and we're so grateful for this terrific contribution.

This gives everyone in the DC area an easier way to participate in all of Monday's events and honor George Washington!

Thank you, DASH Bus!

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“Hunt for Washington”
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

“Hunt for Washington”

  • Parade Reviewing Stand (Across from Market Square) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A fun and versatile game to uncover clues about Alexandria and George Washington.

The hunt will take you to a few of the places in Alexandria associated with the General. You will learn some fun facts about the father of our country and visit several historic sites around Old Town as you search for the answers to the clues. You can do the hunt as a team or as an individual. It should take 1–1½ hours to complete. You can play as an adult or a kid.

You start by picking up a clue sheet at the Parade Reviewing Stand after 10:00 a.m. and then use your sleuthing skills to find answers to the clues.

There are prizes and mementos associated with this brand new event.

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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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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.

This FREE guided walking tour of covers significant people and events in Washington’s life and in American history, with stops at Ramsay House, Market Square, Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern/Charles Lee House, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington’s townhouse, the Lord Fairfax House, the “Light-Horse” Harry Lee house, and Christ Church.

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

FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts about 2 hours.

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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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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.

This FREE guided walking tour of covers significant people and events in Washington’s life and in American history, with stops at Ramsay House, Market Square, Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern/Charles Lee House, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington’s townhouse, the Lord Fairfax House, the “Light-Horse” Harry Lee house, and Christ Church.

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

FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts about 2 hours.

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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.

This FREE guided walking tour of covers significant people and events in Washington’s life and in American history, with stops at Ramsay House, Market Square, Carlyle House, Wise’s Tavern, Duvall Tavern/Charles Lee House, Gadsby’s Tavern, Washington’s townhouse, the Lord Fairfax House, the “Light-Horse” Harry Lee house, and Christ Church.

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

FREE! Advance Reservations not required. Tour lasts about 2 hours.

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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
Dec
30
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.

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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. Susan Costa portrays Mrs. Elizabeth Massey and will enlighten the group on the role women played. 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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FREE Walking with Washington Tour
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

FREE 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 2 hours.

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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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