Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The original Christ Church rectory is now for sale for residential or commercial use.
The original Christ Church rectory on Princess Street in Old Town Alexandria is for sale. It's a three story, free standing, brick Georgian-style building originally used in 1785 as the rectory for Alexandria’s Christ Church and occupied by the Rev. David Griffith, who was the church's third rector. General George Washington, a parishioner at the church and soon to be first president of the United States, is thought to have spent time here on occasions, dining with the reverend and perhaps attending soirees in the ballroom, according to realty firm Tartan Properties. Take a virtual tour of Old Town Alexandria's 711 Princess Street, which has been home to other notable owners. In the 19th century, a wealthy family of ship owners resided …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
This historic house built in the late 1700s has an enormous garden for Old Town standards, along with four bedrooms and a pool.
You can't get much more patriotic than this — this house is where George Washington reportedly spent his last July 4. And now it can be yours. The home at 414 Franklin St. in Alexandria is for sale for $4.2 million. Built circa 1780, the half acre Oehme-van Sweden designed garden is enormous by Old Town standards and offers a secluded retreat. The interior unites historic details and modern conveniences, according to the listing on AOL Real Estate. A two-car garage, pool and carriage house complete the offering. The 4,296-square-foot single family home has four bedrooms, four full baths and one half-bath. Interested in more Old Town Alexandria real estate? See our real estate section here.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Historic Mount Vernon began selling its limited edition rye whiskey this week.
Historic Mount Vernon began selling its limited edition George Washington Rye Whiskey on Wednesday morning. Mount Vernon will sell both the aged and un-aged varieties of whiskey, which was made at George Washington's reconstructed distillery. Five hundred bottles of each whiskey will be available for sale starting this week. The un-aged George Washington Rye Whiskey retailes for $95 and will be available for purchase Wednesday at 10 a.m. The aged George Washington Rye Whiskey will be sold for $185 and will be available for sale on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. The whiskeys will be available at the Shops at Mount Vernon and a valid ID is required for purchase. The un-aged George Washington's Rye Whiskey is the most authentic version of Washington’s …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Enjoy the open house on Aug. 4.
Gadsby's Tavern is offering a free open house on Aug. 4. "Tavern Day" runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring continuous tours of the historic site by costumed guides along with the opportunity to learn to dance like George and Martha Washington. This year’s event highlights 18th century science experiments and demonstrations of historical espionage techniques by Project Enlightenment, McLean High School’s reenactment society. Period music and light refreshments also will be avialable. Have a full day in Old Town by combining this event with the Friendship Firehouse Festival. Gadsby’s Tavern was the center of social and political life in Alexandria as well as the new Federal City of Washington. The tavern served as the premier gathering …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Former meeting place of George Washington is reborn as four luxury condos.
The centuries-old building at 555 South Washington St. has had many lives before becoming an Old Town residence as the General Washington Club Condominiums. According to Linda St. Pierre, owner of Ryan-Corcoran, LLC, the condos’ developer, the oldest part of the property was originally built in the 1700s at Hunting Point, just south of Old Town, as a free-standing farm house known as “Broomlawn” or “Broomilaw.” It later became a gentlemen’s club, a private meeting place for political leaders such as George Washington and Virginia patriot George Mason. Around 1790, the original part of the clubhouse was moved to its current location on the corner of South Washington and Gibbon Streets in Old Town, onto a parcel which already contained a …
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Four local chefs whipped up their versions of George Washington’s favorite breakfast.
Four award-winning chefs served up hot hoecakes with a twist for visitors at the Hoecake Cook-Off Saturday morning at Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. George Washington preferred to take these cornmeal cakes “swimming in butter and honey.” Chefs from Bayou Bakery in Arlington and Restaurant Eve, Bastille and BRABO Restaurant, all located in Old Town Alexandria, cooked their own interpretations of the dish over open fires. Want to try your own hand at hoecakes? Here’s a traditional recipe, courtesy of Mount Vernon Estate: Ingredients: 8 3/4 cups white cornmeal 1/4 teaspoon dry yeast 1 egg Warm water Shortening or other cooking grease Honey and butter Preparation: 1. In large container, mix together 4 cups white cornmeal, 1 1/4 teaspoons dry …