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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 [...]

Developer finds new owner for Carver Nursery School

Developer finds new owner for Carver Nursery School

By Derrick Perkins The sale of the former Carver Nursery School — announced last week after months of anticipation — will see the building once again serve local children as a pediatric dental office. More importantly, [...]

Future of former nursery school shrouded in mystery

Future of former nursery school shrouded in mystery

By Derrick Perkins William Cromley has a secret — and he’s not sharing. For the past few years, the developer has been part of a tug-of-war over the future of the former Carver Nursery School in [...]

Developer gives old school renewed hope

Developer gives old school renewed hope

By Derrick Perkins Years after developer William Cromley went to City Hall for a permit to demolish the former Carver Nursery School, he’s returning and asking for permission to expand the neighborhood landmark. If Cromley receives [...]