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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 [...]

Filling in the Blanks: Pre-K students will get 
a boost with the opening of 
the new Jefferson-Houston

Filling in the Blanks: Pre-K students will get 
a boost with the opening of 
the new Jefferson-Houston

By Karen Graf (Photo/Erich Wagner) A positive preschool experience is a critical component for the success of our city’s youngest residents. The top priorities for the Alexandria City School Board are to ensure that our students [...]

Out of the Attic: The short golden age of streetcars

Out of the Attic: The short golden age of streetcars

(Photo/Mount Vernon Ladies Association) The Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway became the first streetcar line in Northern Virginia when it was constructed in 1892, and is credited with transforming Alexandria into a bedroom suburb [...]

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 [...]

Hobie & Monk: Learning to appreciate the simpler things in life

Hobie & Monk: Learning to appreciate the simpler things in life

Dear Hobie & Monk, My wife and I did not travel much when we were growing up, and one thing we’ve really enjoyed is giving our daughters the opportunity to see more of the world during [...]

Out of the Attic: A bland building with rich commercial history

Out of the Attic: A bland building with rich commercial history

(Photo/Library of Congress) The humble commercial building pictured here, just before its 1968 demolition as part of Alexandria’s controversial urban renewal program, was never one of the Port City’s architectural gems. Ignoring the unsympathetic renovations over [...]

Senior Corner: Protect your health by traveling safely with medications

Senior Corner: Protect your health by traveling safely with medications

By Amber Nightingale (File Photo) Too many senior citizens have found themselves in a situation like Theodore, an 83-year-old gentleman from Salem, N.Y., who began negotiating life’s challenges alone after his wife entered an assisted living [...]

From Russia with love

From Russia with love

(Photo/Library of Congress) When the Civil War began in 1861, the Confederate and Union governments courted European support for their causes. Although France’s Napoleon III made overtures to Southern leaders and England constructed some warships for [...]

Founding Fathers’ philanthropy: America’s strong giving tradition

Founding Fathers’ philanthropy: America’s strong giving tradition

Alexandria in ACTion with John Porter (File Photo) This month Alexandrians celebrate two important historical events — the founding of our country 238 years ago and that of our city 27 years earlier in 1749. I [...]

Out of the Attic: A long-time home 
for man’s best friend

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) In the nearly 230 years since its construction, the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco St. has been home to over a dozen families, many of whom have had a variety of pets, [...]