City of Alexandria Celebrates Preservation Month

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City of Alexandria Celebrates Preservation Month

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2017


The City of Alexandria has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, from the creation of the country’s third oldest historic district in 1946 to the start of Alexandria Archaeology in 1961. 

May is Preservation Month, a time when communities across the country celebrate historic preservation locally.  The City is hosting a series of events to highlight Alexandria’s historic preservation initiatives whether you want to listen to a talk, go for a walking tour or have a drink with other preservationists. 



Lost Alexandria by author Jay Roberts

Thursday, May 11, 7 p.m.,
Lloyd House, 220 N. Washington St.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Fee: $10, includes lecture, book signing and reception


Enjoy a special evening “Salon” with Alexandria historian Jay Roberts as he shares research from his newest publication, Lost Alexandria.  “Hot off the press” – this book is well-researched and beautifully illustrated.  The book will be on sale for a special “Salon” price and Mr. Roberts will personalize copies. 


Advance reservations required, limited seating.



Architectural Walking Tour of Rosemont followed by a garden reception at a private home

Saturday, May 20, 2-4:30p.m.,

Walking tour will begin at 2 p.m. and reception will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $20


Join neighborhood historians and City preservation planners for a 90-minute walking tour of the streets of Rosemont, an early 20th-century trolley suburb with an intact collection of Craftsman, Colonial Revival and foursquare houses.  We will also consider examples of appropriate alterations and additions.  After the tour, we will convene in the garden of one of the tour guides for a reception.


Advance reservations required and complete details about start location and reception address will be provided to all registrants.  Wear comfortable walking attire.



Special Access Tour of Historic Alexandria’s newest property at 517 Prince St.

Thursday, May 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.,
517 Prince St.

Fee: $10 donation requested, cash bar

Tour the Murray-Dick-Fawcett House as the final event of Alexandria’s Preservation Month activities.  Enjoy an advance look at this 18th-century house, recently purchased and now owned and operated by the City of Alexandria.  After the tour, stop by a happy hour in the garden to catch up with other preservationists.  (Rain location for the happy hour at The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum).

Advance registration recommended at


This series of events is sponsored by the Office of Historic Alexandria and Alexandria Department of Planning & Zoning.

Please check for event information and to register, as some events have limited numbers and fees vary.  For more information, visit


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail or call 703.746.3808, or Virginia Relay 711.