GWBCC’s Summer “Walking with Washington” Tours Were a Great Success!

On July 21 and August 18, volunteers from the GW Birthday Celebration Committee hosted almost 70 visitors for free guided tours of George Washington's hometown of Old Towne, Alexandria.

In July, the tour continued with more than two dozen people despite a massive rainstorm. Those who came in August enjoyed nicer weather, but both tours were able to enjoy great stories about the life and time of our first President's experiences in the town he considered home. 

Tour attendees learned about significant people and events in Washington’s life and in American history, with stops at the William Ramsay House, Market Square, the Carlyle House (where General Edward Braddock planned campaigns for the French and Indian War), Wise’s Tavern (where Mayor Dennis Ramsey coined the term “Mr. President”), Duvall House/Tavern, Gadsby’s Tavern (where proprietor John Gadsby hosted Washington's last birthday ball in 1799), Washington’s Townhouse, the Lord Fairfax House, “Light-Horse” Harry Lee’s house, and Christ Church (where Washington worshipped). 

The tours were so successful that the Committee is announcing plans to add two Fall Walking with Walking Tours in September and October. Stay tuned for information on those tour dates soon!


Announcing the FREE Walking with Washington Tour

GWBCC is pleased to announce summer versions of our popular "Walking With Washington Tour."

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. 

Saturday, July 21 and Saturday, August 18

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Alexandria Visitor Center (Ramsay House) (map)


Join the DAR/SAR at a Wreath Laying Ceremony Before the Parade

Join the DAR/SAR at a Wreath Laying Ceremony Before the Parade

“Here lies a soldier of the Revolution whose identity is known but to God. His was an idealism that recognized a Supreme Being, that planted religious liberty on our shores, that overthrew despotism, that established a people’s government, that wrote a Constitution setting metes and bounds of delegated authority, that fixed a standard of value upon men above gold and lifted high the torch of civil liberty along the pathway of mankind. In ourselves his soul exists as part of ours, his memory’s mansion.”

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Announcing the Masonic National Memorial Celebrations for George Washington

On Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 1 - 4 p.m., please join us for the 2018 George Washington Birthday Symposium at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA



President Washington’s Journeys Through the United States of America

  • The Origins of His Excellency’s Character: George Washington and the American West

Matthew Costello, Ph.D., Senior Historian, The White House Historical Association

  • Roads to Independence: Washington’s Travels During the Revolution

Joseph Stoltz, Ph.D., Digital Historian, The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mt. Vernon

  • President Washington’s Political Genius: A Journey of the American People

Prof. Timothy Breen, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, James Marsh Professor at large, University of Vermont, Author of George Washington’s Journey: The President Forges a New Nation (Simon & Schuster, 2016); copy of book for sale and signing before and after the symposium


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

Mark A. Tabbert, the Memorial’s Director of Collections, serves as the Symposium’s Master of Ceremonies.


Admission is free, but registration is requested. Please REGISTER HERE!!

For the whole list of birthday events, including a reception, concert, and a banquet, please click here!

Thank you!

Register now for the #GWCherryChallenge!

On behalf of the GW Birthday Celebration Committee, we are inviting all Alexandria area restaurants to register for the 2018 Cherry Challenge!  As you know from your participation last year, this event is designed to generate buzz for Alexandria restaurants, boost customer traffic, encourage chefs to get creative and excited about their special offerings, and enable us to offer a tasteful event that keeps George Washington's memory alive in his hometown! In the words of one participant, "The GW Cherry Challenge is fun, fun, fun.  Our customers love it!"

To participate, all you need to do is create and serve one or more menu items that include CHERRIES.  You may use fresh cherries, dried cherries, canned cherries…whatever form you desire.  Categories are Beverage, Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert.  You will feature your creation(s) from JANUARY 28 through FEBRUARY 11, 2018. For more information, please review this flyer.

To register, click here

Last year, the Cherry Challenge reached 40+ participating restaurants! As you know, we promote the contest through social media (specifically Facebook and Twitter) just prior to the first day of the campaign and running through the duration of the campaign. 

We are so grateful for the support of Alexandria restaurant community and we want to make this event meaningful for all the establishments that participate.
Many thanks, 

Danny Smith and Kristen Eastlick, Co-Chairs of the Cherry Challenge
GW Birthday Celebration Committee

Revv up for the Revolutionary War

Walk through a historic camp and participate in tactical demonstrations on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then witness a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and Colonial Army at 2:00 p.m. at Ft. Ward Museum & Historic Site (4301 W Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304) FREE!  Special parking is available on Braddock Road between North Howard Road and Marlboro Drive (look for signage); public parking will not be available in the park.

#GWCherryChallenge Begins TODAY!

In the spirit of the old cherry tree tale, we challenge Alexandria restaurants to a very CHERRY culinary contest!

VISIT participating restaurants and enjoy cherry-themed drinks, starters, entrees and desserts.

VOTE for your favorite cherry challenge item, rating the taste, creativity, and presentation of the dish. Submit your ballot on location.

SHARE your experience by posting pictures of your feast on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag #gwcherrychallenge! Winners will be announced on our website! 

(George Washington's Birthday Dinner Program, 1900 (NYPL, 475917)

(George Washington's Birthday Dinner Program, 1900 (NYPL, 475917)