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Out of the Attic: A building where a president and chief justice once trod

Out of the Attic: A building where a president and chief justice once trod

(Photo/Library of Congress) The large, three-story L-shaped building at 200 North Fairfax St., seen in this photograph from approximately 1940, is one of the earliest structures in Alexandria. An Historic American Buildings Survey report, prepared by [...]

Out of the Attic: Capitol Theatre once served as city’s sole black movie theater

Out of the Attic: Capitol Theatre once served as city’s sole black movie theater

(Photo/Alexandria Black History Museum)  During segregation, the first movie theater in Alexandria for black patrons was located at the northwest corner of Queen and Henry streets. In the fall of 1920, despite protests, Harry Bramow was [...]

SENIOR CORNER: Are you a caregiver? 
We can help

SENIOR CORNER: Are you a caregiver? 
We can help

By Jo-Ann Callender (File Photo)  Several days a week, usually around sunset, Joan begins yelling. She sees objects others don’t. She points, yells and screams. Her family is unsure what is causing her distress. Medications help [...]

Would have put a ring on it, but…

Would have put a ring on it, but…

Dear Hobie & Monk, Three years ago I broke (shattered is more like it) my left ring finger. My wedding rings were cut off in the emergency room. The surgeon put five pins in one bone. [...]

Out of the Attic: From opulent home to military hospital and back again

(Photo/Library of Congress) The massive Italianate villa dating back to the Civil War visible in this photograph still stands at 511 Wolfe St. In the early 19th century, a much smaller, two-story wood-frame house — owned [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: It all adds up to a better Alexandria

Alexandria in ACTion: It all adds up to a better Alexandria

By John Porter (File Image) Time for a quiz: What do the following numbers mean for Alexandria? 24 — 9 — 7,516 — 9,969 — 121 — 1,031,282. No, they are not the winning numbers for [...]

The Business Plan: Every week is Small Business 
Week in Alexandria

The Business Plan: Every week is Small Business 
Week in Alexandria

By Bill Reagan The week of May 12 will be celebrated as Small Business Week across the nation. It is a time to highlight the importance of small businesses to the U.S. economy. Alexandria has reason [...]

A dyed-in-the-woll Alexandria

A dyed-in-the-woll Alexandria

(Photo/Library of Congress) William Gregory III, the eldest son of a respected wool factory owner of Kilmarnock, Scotland, was born in that city in March 1789. He came to Alexandria in 1807 to work as a [...]

Out of the Attic: From cutting edge to obsolete in a decade: Hotel George Mason

Out of the Attic: From cutting edge to obsolete in a decade: Hotel George Mason

In the mid-20th century, the primary lodging house in Alexandria was the elegant Hotel George Mason, built in 1929 on South Washington Street. It was just across Prince Street from the U.S. Courthouse and Post Office, [...]

The Business Plan: It’s never too late to find the right career path

The Business Plan: It’s never too late to find the right career path

By Bill Reagan What do I want to do when I grow up? It’s a question that is often asked by adults in jest, but the reality is that relatively few adults approach career choices methodically. [...]