Archive for 'History'

Clock is ticking on efforts to save Carver Nursery School

Clock is ticking on efforts to save Carver Nursery School

By Derrick Perkins Time is running short for residents and preservationists hoping to spare a Parker-Gray neighborhood landmark from redevelopment. The Carver Nursery School has sat largely untouched for a little more than two years while [...]

Life after emancipation in Alexandria

Life after emancipation in Alexandria

By Derrick Perkins When former President Abraham Lincoln made good on his promise to emancipate slaves in rebel-held territory 150 years ago, the burgeoning population of contrabands in Alexandria likely greeted the news with equal parts [...]

Local man’s quest to recognize black Revolutionary War patriots poised for passage

Local man’s quest to recognize black Revolutionary War patriots poised for passage

By Derrick Perkins Maurice Barboza’s dogged fight to pay tribute to black patriots of the Revolutionary War hinges on a massive defense bill being negotiated in Congress. After years of gathering support for the memorial project, [...]

From slaughterhouse to schoolhouse

From slaughterhouse to schoolhouse

By Derrick Perkins It’s not quite striking pay dirt, but archeologists combing over the future site of the re-imagined Jefferson-Houston School may have found the remains of a long-buried slaughterhouse. An archeological survey conducted by URS, [...]

Wartime tragedy fuels tale of the high seas

Wartime tragedy fuels tale of the high seas

By Derrick Perkins Local author Stephen Hayes’ first novel isn’t strictly a Vietnam War story, but the tale is born from his time serving on a swift boat a continent away more than 40 years ago. [...]

Author documents life and times of gun-toting prosecutor

Author documents life and times of gun-toting prosecutor

By Derrick Perkins After scaring up a compendium of local ghost stories and detailing the Port City’s history in the District, Alexandria newshound Michael Lee Pope has turned to Northern Virginia’s seedy past in his latest [...]

Parker-Gray residents reshape home improvement guidelines

Parker-Gray residents reshape home improvement guidelines

Home improvement regulations long seen by Parker-Gray residents as onerous and overly restrictive are poised for an overhaul. Like their neighbors in the Old and Historic Alexandria District, residents in the Parker-Gray Historic District must adhere [...]

Out of the Attic: Establishing Ivy Hill Cemetery

Out of the Attic: Establishing Ivy Hill Cemetery

In the early 19th century, the Alexandria Common Council prohibited opening new cemeteries. As a result, many churches established new burial grounds in a cluster along Wilkes Street. Around the same time, about a mile beyond [...]

Out of the Attic: The ‘megastructure’ at Northern Virginia Community College

Out of the Attic: The ‘megastructure’ at Northern Virginia Community College

Established in 1964, Northern Virginia Technical College opened in autumn of 1965 in a warehouse at Bailey’s Crossroads. The following year, the school was renamed Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC or NOVA, colloquially). Over the next [...]

City marks Washington’s birthday

City marks Washington’s birthday

British redcoats and German mercenaries squared off against a mix of colonial militia and Virginia infantry on the grassy slopes of Fort Ward Park Sunday, part of the weekend long birthday celebrations for the city’s most [...]