Monday, April 8, 2013

Walking with Washington in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Recently, we spent a couple of hours studying up on George Washington in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.  With both Jeff and I working at Mount Vernon, we spend a fair amount of time reading up on our colonial history, but this time we decided to take a self-guided walking tour of some of the historic sites related to Washington in Old Town....and there are plenty!


 We had previously visited Gadsby's TavernChrist Church and the fascinating Stabler Leadbeater Apothecary Museum....we knew about Washington's Townhouse (but wanted to see it again).  

This time, however, we wanted to go deeper and check out where Sally Fairfax's house was located....and where the doctor who was a  friend of Washington's and was present at Washington's death lived, and other tidbits from the late 1700s.   To do all this, we followed a wonderful walking tour by Robert Madison.  We had a great time, and it was amazing how seeing the places where these figures lived and walked (and danced!) made the history come alive.

Plus, who doesn't love seeing the cobblestone streets?!

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