Archive for 'History'

Under a football field, a reminder 
of Alexandria’s past

Under a football field, a reminder 
of Alexandria’s past

(Photo/City of Alexandria) Mark your calendars — it is only 35 years until the opening of the time capsule at George Washington Middle School. The capsule was installed on September 17, 1949 as part of Alexandria’s [...]

Out of the Attic: Forming one of Alexandria’s most iconic parkways

Out of the Attic: Forming one of Alexandria’s most iconic parkways

(Photo/City of Alexandria) Last week’s column described the centuries-long isolation of the area at the mouth of Great Hunting Creek, where the tributary met the Potomac River. Until 1930, the creek formed a large bay at [...]

Out of the Attic: Dedication of memorial marks 
end of long journey for cemetery

(Photo/City of Alexandria) The formal dedication of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial at 10 a.m. Saturday commemorates the 150th anniversary of the hastily prepared burial site for more than 1,700 black contrabands and freedmen that [...]

Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Despite spending two years planning for the defense of Alexandria during the War of 1812, the city’s surrender to British forces on the morning of August 28, 1814 turned out to be [...]

Out of the Attic: The evolution of Market Square

Out of the Attic: The evolution of Market Square

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Market Square was established only a few years after Alexandria was founded in 1749, and the Saturday morning market may be the oldest of its kind in the United States. The site [...]

Out of the Attic: A military mansion

Out of the Attic: A military mansion

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) During the Civil War, the residence and headquarters of the military governor of Alexandria was located at 209 S. St. Asaph St. As seen in this photograph dating from that period, the [...]

Out of the Attic: Levity in a time of war

Out of the Attic: Levity in a time of war

(Photo/Library of Congress) Much has been written about the Union Army’s occupation of Alexandria throughout the Civil War and its readiness to fight if there was a Confederate attack on the city. In the early years [...]

City council resolves sculpture’s permitting problem

City council resolves sculpture’s permitting problem

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) California-based artist Mario Chiodo’s twisting tribute to those interred at Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery has gazed out across the George Washington Memorial Parkway for weeks now, but without official sanction until [...]

Battlefields by bicycle

Battlefields by bicycle

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins)  There’s no better way to tour the battlefield than on bicycle, says our guide while we look at a faded and wrinkled National Geographic map, depicting the meandering journey of the [...]

Marching for change

Marching for change

By Erich Wagner (Photo/National Archives) Looking back on the March on Washington, it’s easy seeing it as a watershed moment for the civil rights movement. But Ferdinand Day remembered being happy that the event exceeded the [...]