Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

First look at Shuter's Hill Excavations for 2017!

Discover Archaeology at Shuter’s Hill

Get the first look at this year’s excavations at Shuter’s Hill, an 18th century urban plantation located on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Visit the site on Saturday, June 3 to discuss recent findings and interpretations with city archaeologists and students from George Washington University. Excavations at the site have revealed structures dating before, during, and after the Civil War.

The family-friendly open house will be held at the top of the grassy hill behind the Masonic Memorial parking lot and will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (again from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m). Visitors arriving by car may park in the Masonic Memorial’s parking lot and walk up the grassy slope toward a large shade tree on top of the hill.

While on the grounds, consider visiting the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. For more information, visit www.gwmemorial.org.

The archaeology open house is free and open to the public. For more information or in case of inclement weather, please call 703.746.4399.  

 

Jun
3
1:30 pm13:30

First look at Shuter's Hill Excavations for 2017!

Discover Archaeology at Shuter’s Hill

 

Get the first look at this year’s excavations at Shuter’s Hill, an 18th century urban plantation located on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Visit the site on Saturday, June 3 to discuss recent findings and interpretations with city archaeologists and students from George Washington University. Excavations at the site have revealed structures dating before, during, and after the Civil War.

The family-friendly open house will be held at the top of the grassy hill behind the Masonic Memorial parking lot and will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors arriving by car may park in the Masonic Memorial’s parking lot and walk up the grassy slope toward a large shade tree on top of the hill.

While on the grounds, consider visiting the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. For more information, visit www.gwmemorial.org.

The archaeology open house is free and open to the public. For more information or in case of inclement weather, please call 703.746.4399.  

 


May
18
5:00 pm17:00

FOAA Happy Hour

Join Alexandria Archaeology staff & volunteers at an informal Happy Hour, Light Horse Tavern, 715 King Street.

Learn about what is going on and how you can be be involved!

May
6
10:00 am10:00

"Lost Alexandria"

Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street, #327

In celebration of Preservation Month, the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA) and Alexandria Archaeology Museum are hosting a free Java Jolt lecture. Jay Roberts will discuss his new book, Lost Alexandria: An Illustrated History of Sixteen Destroyed Homes in and Around Alexandria, Virginia. Learn about the houses and their environs, as well as the owners and dwellers including Colonel William Fairfax, Benjamin Hallowell, Portia Lee Hodgson, and John “Jacky” Parke Curtis. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Free and open to the public. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Reservations are required. Email archaeology@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4399.

Oct
15
10:00 am10:00

Java Jolt Lecture: The Octagon House

Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union Street (Torpedo Factory), 3rd floor

Free, but reservations required (703-746-4399 or archaeology@alexandriava.gov

From 1856 to 1866 an octagonal house stood on the grounds of the First Baptist Church at 2932 King Street. For its short existence, the unique house played a remarkable role during a turbulent time in Alexandria’s history. Built in 1856 by Sarah W. Hall, a cultivated and refined New Yorker, who relocated her family to the Alexandria area, the house’s design and concrete construction were unusual in Northern Virginia. 

After the outbreak of the Civil War in the spring of 1861, the house’s location along Leesburg Turnpike and in the vicinity of several Union Army fortifications led to its use as a headquarters by several Union regiments and as a regimental hospital. In particular, the Octagon House was associated with U.S. Brigadier General John Sedgwick (1813-1864) and Amy Morris Bradley (1823-1904), a remarkable nurse, whose abilities led her to the United States Sanitary Commission where she rose through the ranks to become Special Relief Agent. In that capacity she transformed makeshift army hospitals from unsanitary camps into clean, efficiently-run hospitals. 

The house burned to the ground in 1866. As all above-ground physical traces of it disappeared, the house’s history all but faded as well. Julia Claypool’s narrative will weave together the fascinating history and people associated with an all but forgotten landmark. 

Ms. Claypool, a historian and cultural resources planner, surveys buildings and writes architectural narratives and prepares historical and architectural documentation. She is the former Historic Site Administrator and Director of the Carlyle House Historic Park in Alexandria. 

The lecture is sponsored by Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA) in celebration of Virginia Archaeology Month. 

Aug
11
6:30 pm18:30

Union Hospitals in Civil War Alexandria

Join historian, Peggy Harlow, for a 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. presentation on Alexandria’s Civil War hospital buildings, including the real Mansion House Hospital, of Mercy Street fame.

 Copies of the “Alexandria Civil War Hospitals Walking Tour” brochure will be available.

 The lecture is part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Endless Summer: 2nd Thursday Art Night, from 6 -9 p.m., when the entire building is filled with music and merriment.

All events are free and open to the public

Jul
18
Jul 22

Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp

July 18-22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road

Campers work alongside Alexandria’s City archaeologists excavating a real archaeological site. Campers will use professional excavating, recording, and artifact processing methods, while uncovering Alexandria’s buried past while protecting the City’s valuable historic resources.

12 to 15 year-olds, $400/camper, scholarships available.

https://www.alexandriava.gov/historic/info/default.aspx?id=28120

Jun
25
10:00 am10:00

Java Jolt: Birth, Life, and Death of a Ship

Java Jolt Lecture Series sponsored by the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA) with guest speaker, maritime archaeologist, Jason L. Lunze

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

105 North Union Street, #327

By examining the wood and iron fastenings from Alexandria’s recently excavated ship at 220 South Union Street, the speaker illustrates how deep draft cargo vessels were constructed, repaired, and beached and broken during the 18th century in the Mid-Atlantic.  Emphasis is placed upon historic documents relating to Alexandria during the 18th century as well as the story the timbers tell.  Jason Lunze is a Maritime Archaeologist who holds a Master’s degree from the University of Southern Denmark.  The event is free, but reservations are required, 703.746.4399 or archaeology@alexandriava.gov

Apr
27
7:30 pm19:30

32nd Annual History Awards Ceremony

The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street

This year's winner of the T. Michael Miller History Award is George K. Combs, retired Branch Manager at Special Collections, Barrett Branch Library. Our keynote speaker is City of Alexandria Archaeologist, Benjamin Skolnik, who will discuss the 18th-century ship discovered along Alexandria's waterfront last December, its excavation, recovery and our preservation efforts.  In addition, four outstanding students from each of Alexandria's high schools will receive awards.

Apr
20
6:00 pm18:00

Save Our Ship Happy Hour

Potomac Riverboat Company’s Miss Christin, docked behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St.

Spend a delightful evening on the historic boardwalk during Friend of Alexandria Archaeology’s Spring2Action Save Our Ship Happy Hour. Enjoy appetizers from King Street Blues, a cash bar, and join our “A” fleet as we launch our Donation Power Hour from 7 to 8 p.m. to raise funds to save our recently discovered 18th century ship! Suggested Donation is $10.

Apr
20
12:00 am00:00

Spring2Action: SOS for the Ship!

Spring2Action is an annual event to raise funds for many of Alexandria's worthy nonprofits. This year, as you make a donation, consider contributing to help conserve the 18th century ship found underneath the Alexandria waterfront.

Apr
16
1:00 pm13:00

Architecture Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Offered as part of Virginia Architecture Week. Stop by for a fun self-guided activity for children and their families, organized by our Architecture in the Schools Committee! Start the scavenger hunt by checking in at the AIA Northern Virginia Chapter House, located at 205 South Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Includes a stop at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. Have a blast with the museum’s family activities, which include a special artifact hunt, coloring, and piecing back together plates like an archaeologist would! After completion of the activity, bring the map back to the Chapter House to receive a prize. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. The event is free event, but pre-registration is required.

To register, visit: http://aianova.org/event.php?eventID=1296

Apr
14
Apr 16

Save Our Ship Tours

116 South Quaker Lane

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Each day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 30-minute tours. (Saturday is sold out).

Special behind-the-scenes tours are being offered of our 18th-century ship, before it is moved to a conservation facility. Reservations for the 30-minute tours are required and available while supplies last from https://shop.alexandriava.gov/SelectEvent.aspx. Select Alexandria Archaeology Save our Ship Tours to make your reservation. Once completed, please make a minimum donation of $10 to Save Our Ship through https://spring2action.razoo.com/Saveourship. All proceeds benefit the ship Conservation Fund.

Jan
16
10:00 am10:00

History of Fort Myer: Lecture and Book Signing

Location: Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street, #327

This delightful book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by. Overlooking Washington, DC, Fort Myer holds a commanding view of America's capital. Built in 1863 from the Custis-Lee estate, one of 70 defensive Civil War fortifications of the capital, this historic US Army post was known as Fort Whipple. As the war ended and reconciliation began, only this fort remained and was later renamed to honor the US Army's first signal officer, Brig. Gen. Albert J. Myer. During World War I, Army officers trained here to fight “Over there," and today two units call Fort Myer home: the Army Band ("Pershing's Own," since 1942) and the 3rd Infantry ("The Old Guard," since 1948). Photographs and text present the evolution of this national landmark in its first 100 years, including its buildings, people, and events.

Dec
12
10:00 am10:00

Jonathan Roberts: Civil War's Quaker Scout and Sheriff

FOAA-sponsored lecture and book signing with Gregory Wilson, author of the book Jonathan Roberts: The Civil War's Quaker Scout and Sheriff.

Free, with light refreshments served at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 North Union Street, Alexandria. 

Reservations:  archaeology@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4399.  

Oct
31
10:00 am10:00

Ghost and Goblin Archaeological Site Tours

Shuter’s Hill Excavation Site, behind George Washington Masonic National Memorial

101 Callahan Drive

On Halloween Alexandria Archaeology is hosting an Open House at the Shuter’s Hill archaeological site located on the property behind the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Alexandria archaeologists will be on hand to conduct site tours and show the latest finds at this late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century plantation site. 

City archaeologists will share the results of a recent electrical conductivity survey as they seek to identify the foundations of an early plantation house. Visitors will be able to help archaeologists probe for the foundations. Please wear durable clothing and closed-toed shoes.

Oct
24
1:30 pm13:30

Family Dig Day

101 Callahan Drive, on the Grounds of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial.

The event is presented in three parts, beginning with an introduction to the history and archaeology of the Shuter’s Hill Site, followed by a site tour, and finally gathering around the screens to sift through excavated soil collecting artifacts. The bags of artifacts will be sent to the laboratory in the Museum for processing.

All the necessary equipment will be furnished, but please wear comfortable clothes, boots or sturdy shoes (no sandals), and bring a water bottle.

To accommodate the large demand for the popular Family Dig Day program, the following policy has been established:

$5/person. Fee is non-refundable. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Individuals and families are welcome. Children under sixteen years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Upon receipt of full payment slots are secured and confirmation and additional information will be emailed.

Due to the popularity of this event Dig Days fill quickly and participants may sign up for only one session per season.

Contact: 703.746.4399 or archaeology@alexandriava.gov

Oct
17
10:00 am10:00

Alexandria Archaeological Protection Code: Mysteries of the Waterfront

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street

Celebrate International Archaeology Day and Virginia Archaeology Month with City Archaeologist Francine Bromberg as she explains how the Alexandria Archaeological Protection Code works to preserve the City’s past.

The lecture will highlight discoveries recovered and saved since the code’s passage by City Council more than 25 years ago.  The talk will conclude with a look to the future as waterfront projects offer an opportunity to unearth, record, and interpret the buried layers and features that can provide insight into the City’s development on the Potomac.

Oct
10
1:30 pm13:30

Family Dig Day

101 Callahan Drive, on the Grounds of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial.

The event is presented in three parts, beginning with an introduction to the history and archaeology of the Shuter’s Hill Site, followed by a site tour, and finally gathering around the screens to sift through excavated soil collecting artifacts. The bags of artifacts will be sent to the laboratory in the Museum for processing.

All the necessary equipment will be furnished, but please wear comfortable clothes, boots or sturdy shoes (no sandals), and bring a water bottle.

To accommodate the large demand for the popular Family Dig Day program, the following policy has been established:

$5/person. Fee is non-refundable. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Individuals and families are welcome. Children under sixteen years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Upon receipt of full payment slots are secured and confirmation and additional information will be emailed.

Due to the popularity of this event Dig Days fill quickly and participants may sign up for only one session per season.

Contact: 703.746.4399 or archaeology@alexandriava.gov

Oct
10
12:00 pm12:00

20th Annual Art Safari: Potters’ Art Drawing Activity

Alexandria Archaeology Museum & Torpedo Factory Art Center

An Alexandria tradition for 20 years, Art Safari is a free day of hands-on craft activities for kids and families throughout all three floors of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Children should wear clothing that can get a little dirty. Activities are appropriate for school-age children with parental supervision through middle school.

The Alexandria Archaeology Museum, located in Studio 327, will host its Potters’ Art hands-on activity, inviting you to create your own drawing, using paint and markers, inspired by 19th-century designs found on Alexandria stoneware pottery.  

Oct
8
6:00 pm18:00

Exquisite Corpse: 2nd Thursday Art Night

Zark Bark: Dog Burial presentation from 7 – 7:15 p.m.

Alexandria Archaeology Museum & Torpedo Factory Art Center

Celebrate Virginia Archaeology Month with a creative evening of ghoulish fun. Take a selfie with our dog skeleton #zarkbark and discover the bare bones behind Zark’s canine burial during Zark Bark: Dog Burial presentation from 7 to 7:15 p.m. 

Top off your visit with a flourish by participating in the Exquisite Corpse group drawing activity and be amused by the outcome! An Exquisite Corpse illustration evolves as each participant adds to a 2drawing, while only seeing the end of what the previous person contributed.

Oct
3
10:00 am10:00

Java Jolt: An Eagle on Their Buttons

Alexandria Archaeology Museum

            Kick off Virginia Archaeology Month with a discussion of one of the most prolific writers and orators of the 19th Century, Frederick Douglass. Douglass devoted his career to the abolition of slavery and equality for African Americans. Benjamin Skolnik, through Archaeology in Annapolis and the University of Maryland, has turned to Douglass’ writings to help locate and interpret the sites described in his autobiographies.  Through this engagement, we are increasingly recognizing Douglass’ importance not just as a guide to 19th Century quarters and plantations, but to understanding the ways in which ideas and ideologies can be understood, combated, and overcome.

Oct
3
10:00 am10:00

Shield’s Folly: A Tavern and Bathhouse in Old Town Alexandria

Friends of Fairfax Archaeology (FOFA) and Cultural Resources Fall Meeting

James Lee Community Center Auditorium, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church

Garrett Fesler will discuss a recent archaeological investigation of a well feature in the basement of a local historic building.  The artifacts recovered tell the story of an effort in the early 19th century to operate the property as a tavern and bathhouse.  Unfortunately, the times (the War of 1812 complicated life in Alexandria), and the inability to convince the good citizens of Alexandria that a warm bath was worth 50 cents, doomed Shield’s effort at increasing local hygiene.

Light refreshments will be provided before the presentation, followed by a brief FOFA meeting to highlight its recent activities, preview what is currently active in Fairfax County Archaeology, and to discuss FOFA’s plans for future events and symposia. 

Sep
12
1:30 pm13:30

Family Dig Day

101 Callahan Drive, on the Grounds of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial.

The event is presented in three parts, beginning with an introduction to the history and archaeology of the Shuter’s Hill Site, followed by a site tour, and finally gathering around the screens to sift through excavated soil collecting artifacts. The bags of artifacts will be sent to the laboratory in the Museum for processing.

All the necessary equipment will be furnished, but please wear comfortable clothes, boots or sturdy shoes (no sandals), and bring a water bottle.

To accommodate the large demand for the popular Family Dig Day program, the following policy has been established:

$5/person. Fee is non-refundable. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Individuals and families are welcome. Children under sixteen years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Upon receipt of full payment slots are secured and confirmation and additional information will be emailed.

Due to the popularity of this event Dig Days fill quickly and participants may sign up for only one session per season.

Contact: 703.746.4399 or archaeology@alexandriava.gov

Aug
1
1:30 pm13:30

Family Dig Days

101 Callahan Drive, on the Grounds of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial.

The event is presented in three parts, beginning with an introduction to the history and archaeology of the Shuter’s Hill Site, followed by a site tour, and finally gathering around the screens to sift through excavated soil collecting artifacts. The bags of artifacts will be sent to the laboratory in the Museum for processing.

All the necessary equipment will be furnished, but please wear comfortable clothes, boots or sturdy shoes (no sandals), and bring a water bottle.

To accommodate the large demand for the popular Family Dig Day program, the following policy has been established:

$5/person. Fee is non-refundable. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Individuals and families are welcome. Children under sixteen years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Upon receipt of full payment slots are secured and confirmation and additional information will be emailed.

Due to the popularity of this event Dig Days fill quickly and participants may sign up for only one session per season.

Contact: 703.746.4399 or archaeology@alexandriava.gov