George Washington had many business and personal acquaintances in Alexandria throughout his adult life, and cherished these connections. As a young officer in the Virginia militia, he recruited local troops for the French & Indian War; as a farmer, he shipped tobacco and flour and received merchandise from overseas through Alexandria merchants; he had a vessel built in an Alexandria shipyard; he saw to it that the district surrounding the new Federal capital included Alexandria, when Washington, D.C. was first laid out; and later in life, he celebrated his birthday and other special occasions at Gadsby’s Tavern. The Board of Directors of the Alexandria Historical Society (AHS) now invites the public to join them and the AHS membership for a very special evening at Mount Vernon, April 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
“A Neighborly Visit: A Special Evening at Mt. Vernon” will include private after-hours tours of the Mansion, the Distillery and the Grist Mill. The visit to the Distillery includes a rye whiskey tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar for evening refreshments. The ticket price for the evening is $40.00 for non-members and $35.00 for AHS members. The maximum size of our group is 40 people.
Join the Alexandria History Society, as we celebrate four local student and their achievements in history. The evening will feature keynote speakers Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator at Mount Vernon.
Mark Tooley presents on The Peace That Almost Was: The Forgotten Story of the 1861 Washington Peace Conference and the Final Attempt to Avert the Civil War.
Adrienne Washington presents on African American Churches and specifically the Fort Ward Community.