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Arts & Museums
Formerly the Franklin and Armfield Office, the Freedom House was one of busiest slave trading center. Later is was used as a prison and a hospital; this building also featured in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Children and other fans of firefighters and their equipment will enjoy visiting Alexandria's oldest firehouse, built in 1871. The Friendship Fire Company itself pre-dates the building by 100 years and is rumored to have been a pet project of George Washington's. Restored in the 1990s, the Firehouse offers visitors a look at the equipment used since the nation's founding. Also displayed are the clothes firefighters wore throughout this company's history. Special exhibits are often held.
History buffs interested in the dwellings of an ordinary man in the 18th Century will be thrilled to visit the Ball Sellers House. Possibly the oldest standing building in Arlington today, the house was the home of a yeoman farmer John Ball, who lived in this modest dwellings with his wife and five daughters. The house has passed through several owners since including William Carlin, a tailor who counts George Washington and George Mason among his famous clientele. Packed with history and interesting stories, visitors will also get the rare opportunity to view a clapboard roof. The house is open for public tours from April to October on Saturdays between 1:00p and 4:00p. School and group tours can be set up by appointment.
See the work of local artists and artisans showcased at Del Ray Artisans. Get a sense of local culture by viewing local art in a variety of mediums. Approximately once a month, there are new exhibits, and you'll find a great deal of diversity in the pieces being shown. The gallery is open to the public and admission is free.
This Greek-Revival building was built in 1839 as the intellectual and cultural center for the city of Alexandria. The first floor held a library, with the second floor containing a lecture hall. The Civil War brought these activities to an end and the building became a hospital. It then served as a home and an office building and was saved from demolition by the city in 1974, soon becoming Alexandria's History Museum. The history and culture of this city and surrounding area provide the focus for a permanent display of memorabilia, changing exhibits and special events.
This museum tracks the history of African-Americans in the Alexandria community from 1749 to the present. The small town, near the North-South line, is a fascinating microcosm of the larger trends that impacted the black community in the US. Literature and exhibits celebrate the contributions made by African-Americans to Alexandria. Regularly hosting lectures, exhibitions and special events, the museum is an interesting place to discover while in Alexandria.
The iconic Gadsby's Tavern Museum comprises of a tavern and hotel from the late 1700s. The architecture is quintessentially Georgian with a colonial appearance. A yesteryear social hub in Alexandria, it played host to various cultural events and its hospitality attracted political and business luminaries aplenty. The rooms have served as temporary quarters to prominent personalities such as George and Martha Washington as well as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Wander through the galleries displaying numerous photographs, artifacts, personal belongings and memorabilia surrounding the existence of the 18th Century establishment. In addition, view portraits of John Gadsby and his wife, former operators of the tavern, after whom the place is named.
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary was a family-run business established in 1792 and was responsible for the manufacture and retail of prescription drugs. Shut down during The Great Depression, the museum was donated to the city in 2006 and provides an insight into the ancient days of the practice. Off the shelves are an ingenious assortment of pharmaceuticals, medicine bottles, herbal botanicals and medical instruments, most of which are preserved in their original location. Browse through the rare collection of documents like medical journals, prescriptions, letters and archives that offers a glimpse into pharmacy back when science was in its nascent stage. It boasts a historically high-profile clientele including Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee.
Built on land that was originally owned by Lord Fairfax and surveyed by George Washington, the Athenaeum is home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). The Athenaeum is on both the Virginia Trust and National Register of Historic Places. The Gallery is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rob Vander Zee's work takes influence from nature and all its beauty. He travels to unexplored parts of the world, and while he allows his imagination and creativity to flow, he constantly jots down his thoughts and perceptions of the place. Latest works from his travels include Scared Earth and Visions of Paradise. The Vander Zee Gallery is located in the city's old town area. It functions not just as an art gallery, but as a school as well. Budding painters come to Rob to be guided and groomed into fine artists. They travel to various exhibitions, locally and internationally, learning to observe and appreciate the masterpieces before them. Zee has also written two books about painting titled The 9 Elements of Masterful Painting and Letters to a Young Artist.
Located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum contains artifacts culled from more than 150 sites and spanning over 10,000 years of human existence. The museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria, features exhibits, events and hands-on learning programs. Volunteers, local archaeologists, and students work at the museum to keep the collection and data in order. In addition, this family-friendly organization hosts "family dig days" at local sites and offers summer camps for children and adults.
Nestled within the 1891 Hume School, the oldest school building in Arlington County, this museum houses the artifacts of Arlington's past with exhibits deeded to the Society over the years by a number of private donors. A bookshop is also on the property which offers local historical publications, maps, prints, and cards.