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!